Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan

Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan names Shardul Thakur as the player who has been responsible for India winning the series against England.

Zaheer Khan praises Shardul Thakur

Zaheer Khan reckons the confidence of the Brisbane Test in Australia has completely changed the fast bowler’s outlook towards his game, saying Thakur currently is in a good headspace, due to which the results are pretty visible.

“Shardul Thakur, if you’ve noticed… there are so many big names in this Indian cricket team, so much of flamboyance. In all of that, this player is doing his job silently. He’s the silent hero of this series. His numbers are as good as any top player,” Zaheer said in a video on Cricbuzz.

Thakur picked up six wickets in the match, including three-wicket-hauls in the fourth and fifth T20I. In the fourth game, with Ben Stokes looking set to take the match away from India, Thakur dismissed him and England captain Eoin Morgan off successive deliveries to tilt the match in India’s favour.

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur

Later, in the series decider on Saturday, Thakur dismissed the dangerous Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow in the same over to give India the advantage. Zaheer believes Thakur’s confidence is on a high and has backed India quickly to do well in any circumstances.

“Ever since the Australia series, I have seen a big change in his thinking and body language. Even if you look at him carefully in the field, his confidence is sparkling. When you are playing international cricket for long, it usually takes people time to understand their game and prolong his career, but Thakur is already at a stage where he knows what’s best for him and what he needs to avoid. Put him in any situation and he will thrive,” Zaheer explained.

Shardul Thakur Bowling Stats

I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R Matches
Test 3 44.4 8 164 7 4/61 v AUS 1 0 23.42 3.67 38.28 2
ODI 12 97 2 660 15 4/52 v SA 1 0 44 6.8 38.8 12
T20I 21 75.5 0 691 31 4/27 v SL 3 0 22.29 9.11 14.67 21
IPL 44 150.1 1 1340 46 3/19 v PBKS 3 0 29.13 8.92 19.58 44

 

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