When BCCI selected Shardul Thakur for the Indian Test Team for West Indies, many eyebrows were raised. Actually, people who are not keenly watching the domestic cricket have not heard much about him. He was also in the squad of Kings XI Punjab, but the team management of this useless team never thought it proper to give him sufficient opportunities.
Profile of Shardul Thakur
Shardul was born on October 16, 1991 in Palghar, Maharashtra. His family shifted to Mumbai – Mahim – and Shardul started his cricketing career from here. He was never a good student and always thought about playing cricket.
He stole the lime light as a fast bowler in club cricket and was selected to represent Mumbai in Ranji Trophy in 2013. However, he was severely criticized at this stage. The main point of criticism was his weight. He is not that much tall, only 5. 9 inches which may not considered optimum for a fast bowler. Add that with his weight which was 83 kgs.
Even Sachin Tendulkar personally meet him and advised to shed some weight as soon as possible. Actually, Sachin was quite impressed with his ability to bowl quite fast with reverse swing.
Sachin also advised him to go to the MRF Academy to sharpen his skills.
He took all suggestions in a positive manner and started working on physique. Seeing his prospects, the coach of Mumbai Cricket Association came forward and helped him in the best possible manner. He lost weight and went to the MRF Academy. Fortunately, he got training under none other than mercurial fast bowler Glenn Macgrath which made him even better.
Last year in the absence of Zaheer Khan and Dhaval Kulkarni, he bowled exceptionally well in the domestic format. He got wide appreciation and even people were expecting him to do well in the IPL with Kings XI Punjab. Unfortunately, Punjab IPL team didn’t give him chance.
Shardul has studied from Swami Vivekanand School and has done graduation from famous Rizvi College.
Girlfriend of Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur is currently dating a girl named Seema Khatri. She is his classmate from Rizvi College.