India pacer Shardul Thakur proved himself once again after his all-round heroism against England in the fourth Test and paved the way for India’s 157-run victory. Shardul hit half-centuries in both the innings and took three crucial wickets at crucial stages of the match. After the Oval Test victory, an old interview of Shardul has surfaced in which he is seen saying that he learned a lot from former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and improved his game.
Shardul gave this interview to The Times of India in January after his impressive performance in the Gabba Test against Australia. Shardul returned to the Indian team after two years at the Gabba and surprised everyone by taking a wicket in the very first ball. He took seven wickets in the match and scored a half-century in the first innings.
When the Indian team returned home, Shardul told many things about his spectacular return. The 29-year-old had said that his interactions with Dhoni during the IPL helped him a lot in dealing with the pressure. “Whenever he shares his experience, we have something to learn from him,” he told the English daily. “He’s the kind of guy who says something every day and if you’re smart enough to take it, you’ll keep learning.”
According to a report in The Hindu, Shardul is now set to make a place in Team India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 as well. The report said that on Wednesday, the national panel headed by former cricketer Chetan Sharma may pick him for the T20 World. The cup which will be played from 17 October to 14 November in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Shardul made his international Test debut against West Indies in October 2018 but could only bowl 10 deliveries due to injury.