Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) continue their shopping spree during the transfer window, with their latest trade Shardul Thakur from the Delhi Capitals (DC) being their third from the window. According to ESPN Cricinfo, the franchise faced competition from three other franchises before securing the services of the all-rounder.
The Indian pace all-rounder is one of the few in his bracket in the Indian Premier League (IPL), making him a sought-after possession for teams as was evident by the fact that the Bengal franchise was involved in a tussle with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Gujarat Titans (GT), and the Punjab Kings (PBKS) to register the player for their team.
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This would be Thakur’s fifth franchise in the IPL despite having played just seven seasons in the competition so far. The 31-year-old made his debut for the Punjab-based franchise before being traded to the Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017. Used strictly as a bowler by the outfit, Thakur managed to scalp 11 wickets for them at a decent economy of 8.25, thereby earning the attention of the Chennai Super Kings.
It was here that Thakur truly thrived under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, including finishing as their leading wicket-taker in 2021 with 21 scalps leading them to the title. For the 2022 season, Delhi Capitals bought the player in the auction for a whopping INR 10.75 crores.
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Shardul Thakur is known for his knack to take wickets at crucial stages and his ability to score at a rapid rate in the lower middle order. He is expected to add great value to a KKR team that has already traded Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Lockie Ferguson from the Gujarat Titans while losing the services of Sam Billings.