India pacer Shardul Thakur shocked everybody along with his 115-ball 67 in opposition to Australia on the iconic Gabba in January this. Not solely did he hit a magnificent cowl drive off Mitchell Starc, the 29-year-old partnered with Washington Sundar for 123 runs. The stand pulled India from 186 for 6 to 336 all-out, simply 33 shorts of Australia’s 1st innings whole.
With the ball, Shardul Thakur dimissed Marcus Harris, Tim Paine and Pat Cummins within the first innings. In the 2nd innings he removed Cameron Green, Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon as India sealed a memorable 2-1 collection win Down Under.
Shardul Thakur’s affect with the bat and ball has made many together with India bowling coach Bharat Arun contemplate him as a seam-bowling all-rounder possibility for India.
Can Thakur fulfill Hardik Pandya’s function in his absence through the England tour?
Arun, in a dialog with PTI, mentioned that whereas the selectors can have the final phrase on discovering the subsequent set of choices.
“It is more of a selectors’ job to find them and then we can develop those all-rounders. Shardul has proved he can be an all rounder. What he did in Australia was fabulous,” Arun mentioned through the interplay facilitated by Ironwood Education Company.
Pandya final performed Test cricket for India in 2018, through the tour of England. He has been battling a again damage since 2018 and lately, through the IPL, additionally picked up a shoulder niggle. Arun reckoned that discovering somebody nearly as good as Pandya would be a very robust job.
“I wish you could just wish and develop bowlers like that. Hardik is an outstanding talent, but unfortunately, he had to undergo a back operation and then it’s not very easy to come back after that,” he mentioned.
“He bowled against England, I thought he did a really good job. But, to sustain that we need to manage him well and build on his strength,” he added. The two-Test previous Thakur was mighty spectacular in the one longest format recreation he performed within the away collection in opposition to Australia this 12 months, choosing up seven wickets and a half century to boot in Brisbane.
“So ideally, yes (we need to develop seam bowling all-rounder), there must be a few (in domestic cricket) because we are always on the circuit with the Indian team, we have not had an opportunity to look at the domestic all-rounders,” he added.
Further, Arun mentioned all six quick bowlers will be rotated through the tour because the staff manages its gamers’ workload in a “big” approach. India play six Tests in England, beginning with the World Test Championship last in opposition to New Zealand from June 18 in Southampton.
England is the one prime aspect for the time being which has a clear-cut rotation coverage in place to cope with bubble fatigue in amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An instance of it was on show through the 4-match Test collection in opposition to India earlier this 12 months.
“Even we have a policy in place at the moment. We have rested players in between matches, and also some top players for a series and things like that. It is under place, even for us,” Arun mentioned.
“That is going to be the future because the volume of cricket that is being played, and also with all the current rules which are going to exist for some time. I think it is extremely important that the players are fresh mentally, physically, so workload management is going to be big in the future.”
India have six pacers within the squad — Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Thakur, and Mohammad Siraj.
“If you look at them (all six), you could put any three or four out of them on the park. They are good enough to do the job for us. So that is a very, very healthy trend for Indian cricket,” mentioned Arun. “And so the five Test matches that we’re going to play after the World Test Championship, there’s a definite cause of necessity for us to rotate all the bowlers so that they stay fresh,” he defined.