Many cricket experts believe that Shardul Thakur is asking for a place in the T20 side for the World T20 as an all rounder. Shardul Thakur has been consistent performer for the team India whenever get chance to play.
Thakur pulled out India from danger on the first day of the 4th test against England at oval. He scored vital 57 runs in just 36 deliveries. He scored the 3rd fastest 50 in Test for India and also the fastest 50 in a Test Match on English Soil.
Aakash Chopra in high praise for Shardul Thakur after Oval heroics
“HE’S NOT JUST SCORING RUNS. HE ASKS YOU TO PICK HIM FOR THE WORLD T20 BECAUSE HE OFFERS YOU THAT OPTION. YOU OBVIOUSLY MISS HARDIK PANDYA, BUT IF HE’S NOT THERE, SHARDUL THAKUR PRESENTS HIMSELF AS AN OPTION.”
Akash Chopra sad in his YouTube channel. He also that Pandya might be more proficient with the bat while Shardul Thakur is having an edge in bowling department.
“HARDIK MIGHT BE A BETTER HITTER THAN HIM, FOR SURE, BUT HE’S A BETTER BOWLER THAN HARDIK. SO HE’S SAYING IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PACKAGE, HE MIGHT BE THE GUY.”
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Hardik Pandya has been not in form from a very long time. He has also been struggling with his fitness. Hardik Pandya was unable to perform in the recent tour of Sri Lanka both with the bat and ball. While in the IPL he was not upto the mark and give the below average performance for the Mumbai Indians.
Shardul Thakur has been fantastic for the Indian side and have given some crucial runs with the bat whenever needed by the team. Shardul Thakur presence in the playing 11 can give India more batting department alongside with Hardik Pandya.
Shardul Thakur played a crucial knock off 57 against England on the first day of 4th Test. The way he smashed the English bowlers of all Around The Park showed his technique to counter attack the opposition at any time. He has always been rising to the occasion when given an opportunity.
Why Shardul Thakur can be better option than Hardik Pandya in the playing XI?
The current management of Indian Team has clearly defined some parameters for selection of any player in a big event. And the head coach of Indian Cricket Team Ravi Shashtri and also the skipper Virat Kohli had often opined about the value of ‘current form‘ ahead of any big event. So as per this ‘current form’ scenario Hardik can find his place in the squad with regards to his past performances and the experience.
However, finding a place in the playing XI might get tougher for him as his competitor Shardul Thakur have been much more around the squad since last 2 years than him. Also he has proven his skills in crunch situations. Given a Bad IPL for Hardik there are huge chances of Shardul getting preferred over Hardik in the playing XI.
Also another competitor of Hardik Pandya i.e. Ravindra Jadeja has also proved his dependency in the Team owing to his splendid form with the bat and also in fielding.
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