India Bowling Team Coach Bharat Arun praised Shardul Thakur, the stimulator of India and Mumbai, and even said Thakur has proven his versatile abilities and considers him a capable candidate. for a quick bowling spot on the team since Hardik Pandya’s back injury. his role with the ball.
Hardik Pandya’s name was absent from the Team India squad which was announced for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and the five-game test series against England after quitting ‘It was made clear that Pandya was not ready to shoulder the burden. bowling at full tilt.
In fact, Pandya last played in a test match during the 2018 English tour and was subsequently brought down from a back injury he sustained during the 2018 Asian Cup. He suffered a surgery after the 2019 World Cup and took a year to come back. He performed like a pure drummer for the Mumbai Indians during the IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates and although he made his comeback in India, he rarely broke his full over quota in both T20Is. and ODIs.
Shardul Thakur has proven he can be versatile. What he did in Australia was fabulous: Bharat Arun
India have since been looking for a replacement for Hardik Pandya until he regains his top form and is able to play to the fullest. India has tried Shivam Dube and Vijay Shankar in a limited format but without success.
Arun, in a conversation with PTI, said that while selectors will have the final say on finding the next round of options, Thakur has certainly asserted his rights. Shardul Thakur returned to India in Brisbane’s game against Australia on the recent tour and played a 67-point shot and picked 7 wickets to help India win the game and the series.
“It’s more of a selector’s job to find them and then we can develop these all-rounders. Shardul Thakur has proven that he can be a versatile player. What he did in Australia was fabulous. Wish you could just wish and develop bowlers like this. Hardik is an exceptional talent, but unfortunately he had to have comeback surgery and then it’s not very easy to come back after that ”. Arun told PTI.
“He (Hardik Pandya) played against England, I thought he was doing a really good job. But to maintain this we have to manage it well and take advantage of its strength.Added Arun.
Arun said selectors should be looking for versatile players in the domestic tour.
“So ideally, yes (we have to develop the versatile bowling seam), there must be a few (in domestic cricket) because we are still on the circuit with the Indian team. We did not have the opportunity to focus on the national polyvalent ”, he added.
Thakur has also spoken about his desire to be seen as a versatile bowler and he should get his fair share of chances on the upcoming England tour.