New Delhi. Shardul Thakur’s career is still very young in international cricket. However, the Mumbai cricketer has developed himself into a useful all-rounder in a short span of time. He is part of the Indian team (India vs South Africa) in the ongoing third and final Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town. He has taken 11 wickets in the series so far and has also contributed some important runs for his team. Every time a right-arm medium-fast bowler is bowled, it is estimated that he will take wickets. With the bat, he can hook, pull and drive with such ease, which would make any top-order batsman proud.
So what does Shardul Thakur think of himself, a bowler who can bat or a batsman who can bowl? Speaking to broadcasters ahead of the start of the third day of the third Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town, the all-rounder said, “Frankly, I don’t think about whether I am a bowling all-rounder or a batting all-rounder.”
He added, “When I am there and do something for the team, it is about making an impact. At the end of the day, I want my performance to be counted in such a way that it helps the team to win.” Let us tell you that during the commentary on Star Sports by former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur had said a big thing about this.
Gautam Gambhir considers Shardul ahead of Pandya
He had said, “Shardul comes out to bat at number 8 in the Test. That is, he is a bowling all-rounder. At the same time, talking about Pandya, he is a batting all-rounder. Shardul is still far ahead of Pandya in Tests. On the other hand, former Indian batsman and current commentator Akash Chopra still considers Hardik Pandya ahead of Shardul Thakur in the case of all-rounder.
Aakash Chopra said – Hardik is Hardik again
On his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra talked about the possible return of all-rounder Hardik Pandya to the Test team and Shardul Thakur’s position in the team in the longest format of the game. He said, “To be honest, Hardik himself has said that he does not want to play because of the condition of his back. To be honest, if Hardik’s back problem persists and he doesn’t bowl, it is very difficult. But if he recovers completely. He gets fit to bowl and can bowl long spells, so Hardik is hearty.”
‘If fit, Hardik will be ahead of Shardul’
He said, “If you need a fourth fast bowler and a proper batsman, then Hardik Pandya will bring a little more balance to this team. That’s what I believe, because as the fourth fast bowler you play as one of the five, his role as a batsman is a little bit, more so than being a bowler.” He said that so in my opinion if Hardik is fit, bowls well and has the ability with the bat, then he will be a little ahead of Shardul. But till he is not fit, Shardul is doing well.
Let us tell you that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is struggling a lot with lower back problems. Has not played for Team India in Test cricket since September 2018. In the absence of Hardik, Shardul Thakur is working as a fast bowling all-rounder in the Indian Test team and has done a great job so far.