Shardul Thakur

India
Age
October 16, 1991 (30 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Palghar, Maharashtra
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

Shardul Thakur is a 29-year-old right-arm medium-fast bowler who has played international cricket for India in all three formats.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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-
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Bowling
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Team played

India, India A, India B, India Blue, Rest of India, West Zone, Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai, Mumbai A, Western Wolves, Rising Pune Supergiant, Eagle Thane Strikers

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
15
8
3
107
30
21.4
74
144.59
0
0
9
6
T20I
21
5
3
69
22*
34.5
35
197.14
0
0
5
4
Test
4
5
1
130
67
32.5
172
75.58
0
2
16
5
IPL
59
13
6
53
15*
7.57
46
115.22
0
0
5
1

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
15
15
721
818
22
4/52
6.81
37.18
32.77
2
0
0
T20I
21
21
455
691
31
4/27
9.11
22.29
14.68
1
0
0
Test
4
6
513
296
12
4/61
3.46
24.67
42.75
1
0
0
IPL
59
58
1218
1793
64
3/19
8.83
28.02
19.03
0
0
0

Biography

Thakur’s got his early cricket education from Dinesh Lad, a coach employed with Swami Vivekanand International School in Mumbai. When Lad saw Thakur’s potential he requested Shardul’s parents to allow Shardul to stay at his (Lad’s) house and study at the SVIS so that the coach could mentor the young cricketer. The parents readily agreed and their decision saved Thakur the effort and time involved in travelling from Palghar to Mumbai regularly. Thanks to Lad’s intervention, Thakur was selected to represent Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. Good performances in his first-class career culminated in an IPL contract with Kings XI Punjab as well as a call-up by the Indian selectors. The young pacer has since 2018 been representing Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful franchises in the IPL.

Test Career

Shardul has played only one Test match in which he returned bowling figures of 0/9. In the match against the West Indies played in Hyderabad in October 2018, the West Indies batted first and scored 311. India replied with 367. They then bowled out the visitors for 127 in the second innings and chased down the winning target of 72 without losing any wickets. Thakur’s role was limited to bowling 1.4 overs in the visitors’ first innings, in which he gave away 9 runs without taking a wicket. He stopped bowling after he had been afflicted by a groin strain. Batting at number 11, Thakur remained unbeaten on 4 in India’s first innings total of 367.

ODI Career

Shardul Thakur has taken 12 wickets in 11 ODIs at 50.75. He played his first ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo on 31 August 2017. He took 1/26 in that game to help bowl out the hosts for 207 after India had set them a target of 376. Shardul achieved his best bowling figures of 4/52 against South Africa at Centurion on 16 February 2018. He dismissed openers Markram and Amla to push the hosts on the back foot by reducing them to 43/2 in the 10th over. He took two more wickets in a match that India won by 8 wickets with nearly 18 overs to spare. He last appeared in an ODI against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui in February 2020. Shardul took 1/87.

T20I career

Shardul has taken 21 wickets in 15 T20I matches at 21.00. he played his first T20I game against South Africa at Centurion in February 2018. He took 1/31 in a match that the hosts won by 6 wickets. In his best bowling performance in a T20I, Thakur took 4/27 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in March 2018. Thanks to Shardul’s brilliant performance, India were able to keep the hosts down to 152/9 in 19 overs in a rain-curtailed game before the visitors chased down the target with 6 wickets and 15 balls to spare. In another great performance against the same opposition in Indore in January 2020, Thakur grabbed 3/23 to help keep Sri Lanka down to 142/9, paving the way for India to win by 7 wickets. He extended his dominance over the Sri Lankan batsmen in Pune in the next game of the same series when he took 2/19 to help bowl out the visitors for 123 after India had batted first and set a target of 202. He had a brilliant tour of New Zealand, taking 1/44 in Auckland on 24 January 2020, 1/21 at the same venue two days later, 2/21 in Hamilton and 2/33 in Wellington, all in winning causes. He last appeared in a T20I game against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui in February 2020. He took 2/38 to help restrict the hosts to 156/9 while they were chasing a target of 164 set by India. Thus, Thakur played a huge role in India’s 5-0 clean sweep of the T20I series in New Zealand.

IPL Career

Shardul was bought by Kings XI Punjab in the IPL auction for season 2015. However, he played only one match that season, against Delhi Daredevils. In that game, Kings XI Punjab batted first and were restricted to 118/8. In reply, Daredevils chased down the target with 9 wickets and 37 balls to spare. Thakur took 1/38, grabbing the only wicket that fell in the DD innings, that of Shreyas Iyer. Shardul did not play a single game in the 2016 season and was acquired by Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2017 season. In the 2017 season, he played 12 matches and took 11 wickets at 28.63 with his best bowling figures of 3/19. He delivered those figures against Kings XI Punjab in Pune on 14 May 2017. Kings XI batted first and collapsed to be all out for 73, largely due to Thakur’s haul which included the wickets of Marsh, Tewatia and Maxwell. The effort paved the way for RPS to ease to a nine-wicket win with 8 overs to spare. More importantly, it helped RPS to reserve the second place on the league’s table. Playing for Chennai Super Kings in 2018, Thakur took 16 wickets in 13 games with the best bowling returns of 2/18. Those returns came in a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL final held in Mumbai on 27 May 2018. Thakur’s effort helped restrict Sunrisers to 178/6 after they seemed at one stage to be running away with the match. In the event, CSK managed to chase down the target with 8 wickets and 9 balls to spare. In 2019, he took 8 wickets in 10 matches with his best bowling figures of 2/18. After CSK had posted a score of 204/5 in their allotted 20 overs, Thakur’s bowling helped bowl out Royals for 140 with nine balls to spare.

Family of Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur is the son of Narendra Thakur and Hansa Thakur, residents of Palghar in Maharashtra, India, located about 115 kilometres away from Mumbai. The cricketer, who was born in October 1991 in Palghar, also has a sister. Shardul Thakur is not married.

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