Team India has made a big change in the T20 World Cup team. Shardul Thakur has been included in the team in place of Akshar Patel. Axar Patel has now been kept in the list of reserve players. At the same time, Hardik Pandya, who is running in poor form, is also associated with the team. Shardul Thakur is bowling amazingly for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. This player has taken 18 wickets in 15 matches.
Why has Shardul been added to the team? What could be the reasons behind this? Let’s know…
Hardik’s poor form
Team India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s form has been very bad for the last few days. Neither run is coming from his bat nor is he able to bowl. In 12 matches of this IPL season, Hardik has scored just 112 runs at a modest average of 14.11. At the same time, he has not bowled a single over.
For Team India, this player played his last series against Sri Lanka. In this series, Pandya played 3 ODIs and only 19 runs came off his bat. During the series, Hardik also bowled 14 overs and took 2 wickets. Shardul can bat as well as bowl. If such poor form of Hardik continues in the World Cup as well, then Shardul can prove to be the best option for Team India instead of Hardik.
Banting will be stronger in the lower order
Shardul has also taken color with his bowling for some time now. In the qualifier match against Delhi, he was sent to bat above Dhoni and Jadeja.
However, his bat did not play in the match. Shardul has grabbed everyone’s attention with his bat performance in the Test series against England and Australia. Against England, Shardul scored 117 runs in 2 matches at an average of 39.00. During this his strike rate was 102.63. In the World Cup, Shardul can strengthen the batting in the lower order.
Good form of Shardul Thakur
Shardul’s performance in the last two years has been excellent. Whenever captain Virat Kohli is expecting a wicket from this player, then Shardul has removed the wicket by showing his bowling skills.
At the same time, when the team needed runs, this player also showed amazing with his bat. Shardul’s performance was also amazing in the ODI and T20 series played in India against England. In the ODI series, this player bowled 23.3 overs and took 7 wickets. In one match, Shardul took 4 wickets for 67 runs. Shardul took 8 wickets in T20 series as well. At the same time, Shardul is doing well for Chennai in the IPL.
man with golden arm
Shardul has played four Tests, 15 ODIs and 21 T20Is for India so far. He has taken 14 wickets in Tests, 22 wickets in ODIs and 31 wickets in T20s. Apart from this, in batting, Shardul has scored 190 runs at an average of 38 in Tests, 107 runs at an average of 21.4 in ODIs and 69 runs in T20s at an average of 34.5.
This is his entire career, but whenever a batsman troubles Team India with his batting during the match, then Team India remembers only Shardul Thakur. The most recent example of this is the recent Test series against England. England captain Joe Root was in amazing form in the series. During the Oval Test, this player was playing 36 runs in 78 balls. Joe Root stood between the victory and defeat of the Indian team. Kohli hands Shardul the ball and he clean bowled Root. Team India won this match by 157 runs.
Shardul Thakur is such a player of Team India who has the ability to fight. Shardul has the ability to never give up till the end. This sets him apart from many players. This player has proved this many times with his batting and bowling. Team India will have high hopes from this player in the T20 World Cup. Now it remains to be seen whether Shardul proves to be true to these expectations or not.