India National Cricket Team fast bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur has opened up on the nicknames provided to him by his teammates and fans.
Shardul Thakur will soon be seen in action when India locks horns with England in the 5th and last Test match of the series, which was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 scare in the Indian camp.
India have a 2-1 lead in the series and the 5th Test match will be played at the Edgbaston, Birmingham from Friday, July 1.
In a video shared by the BCCI, Shardul Thakur talked about him receiving numerous nicknames and said that during his Ranji Trophy days his teammates used to call him ‘Bull’.
He added that he has been given the nicknames – ‘Lord’ and ‘Beefy’ (referring to Sir Ian Botham) – by his teammates because of his brilliant performances against England. He elaborated:
“I am fine with any name (laughs). The name Bull is what they have been calling me since my Ranji Trophy days. People call me Lord and Beefy because of my performances against England. It shows how much my teammates love me. It’s good to hear, sounds good when it falls on my ears.”
The pace attack that we have, everyone is doing well – Shardul Thakur
Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur has also said that the pacers in the Indian bowling attack have been doing well for the team.
He added that the premier bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami get wickets in their first spell and he gets the ball when they need the rest. Shardul said that he has started enjoying his role with the slightly older ball. He said:
“The pace attack that we have, everyone is doing well including Shami, Bumrah and Umesh whenever he gets a game. Sometimes these bowlers get 2-3 wickets in their first spell and then I come a bit later in the game when they need rest. But I have started to like that role and it’s my duty as I know if I deliver a performance at that stage then it creates an impact in the match.”
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