Indian pacer Shardul Thakur made his international debut against the Sri Lankans in the 4th ODI of the recently concluded 5-match ODI series. He picked up his first wicket and triggered the batting collapse of the Islanders.
In his first ODI, Shardul impressed one and all with his express pace and accurate bowling. He also grabbed a lot of eyeballs with his jersey no. 10 as it was the same number which legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar use to wear. Here are 8 facts about the player:
Despite the fact that Shardul Thakur was born in Palghar, Maharashtra, he chose to represent Mumbai in domestic cricket and he made his debut under the leadership of Rohit Sharma in 2012.
Among the Mumbai cricketing circle, Thakur got a nickname as the Palghar Express owing to his fast bowling ability.
3. Hard days:
Shadrul used to travel for 3 and a half hours on a daily basis in order to get to Mumbai from Palghar. His day used to begin at 3:30 so that he could make it in time for the 7:30 practice.
4. Shardul – The Comeback Master:
In his early days of Ranji cricket, once Thakur could only pick up 4 wickets and he was dropped. However, he made a comeback in the semi-finals to help Mumbai win and lift the Ranji Trophy.
5. Highest wicket taker:
Thakur was the highest wicket taker in the 2014-15 Ranji season by picking up 48 wickets. He followed it up with 41 wickets.
6. Sixes Record:
Shardul Thakur also holds the record along with Garry Sobers and Ravi Shastri for hitting six sixes in a Harris Shields match.
7. Four wickets against South Africa:
When the Board President’s XI team faced South Africa in a warm-up match in 2015, he picked up 4 wickets against the Proteas that included Faf and Amla.
Thakur can also bat a bit, having hit two first-class half-centuries for his team against Uttar Pradesh with the highest score of 87.