Shardul Thakur Biography – A young fast bowler who used to travel 7 hours daily just because of his love for cricket!
Shardul Thakur was born on the 16th of October in 1991 in Palghar, Maharashtra. His father’s name is Narendra Thakur and mother’s name is Hansa Thakur.
He has an elder sister.
He did his schooling from Anand Ashram Convent English High School and Swami Vivekanand International School. He has completed his graduation from the University of Mumbai in 2012.
Thakur used to travel 90 km from his house in Palghar to Mumbai every day for practicing cricket, the reason he is known as ‘Palghar Express’ in the local circles. In 2006, he smashed 6 sixes in an over while playing for his school team i.e., Swami Vivekanand School, in the Harris Shield Schools cricket tournament. He scored 160 runs off 73 balls, which included 10 sixes and 20 fours, in the match.
Subsequently, Shardul caught eyes of Dinesh Lad, head coach of “SVIS”, who then decided to train him under his own guidance. So he convinced Shardul’s parents to shift him to his home, and then he started enhancing his skills under Lad.
In an interview, Thakur said, “Lad sir played a huge role in developing my bowling. He made me focus on my line and length and made me bowl in the same areas, one or two inches outside off stump, that helped a lot”.
In 2010, he was dropped from the under-19 Mumbai team for being overweight. He weighs around 83 kg at that time. Even Sachin Tendulkar once asked him to lose his weight if he is really serious about playing cricket. So, after a below-average performance in his first Ranji season, he made a brilliant comeback in the next season after shedding almost 13 kgs of his weight.
Shardul Thakur Biography:
|Full Name||Shardul Narendra Thakur|
|Date of Birth||October 16, 1991|
|Age||28 years (in 2020)|
|Birth Place||Palghar, Maharashtra, India|
|School||Anand Ashram Convent English High School and Swami Vivekanand International School|
|College||University of Mumbai|
|Height|| 5’ 9”
|Family & Relationships:|
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm medium|
|Major Teams||India, Mumbai A, Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Tata Sports Club|
|India vs West Indies at Hyderabad (October 12, 2018)|
|Sri Lanka vs India at Colombo (August 31, 2017)|
|South Africa vs India at Centurion (February 21, 2018)|
|First-Class Debut||Rajasthan vs Mumbai at Jaipur (November 9, 2012)|
|List-A Debut||Baroda vs Mumbai at Rajkot (February 27, 2014)|
|T-20 Debut||Baroda vs Mumbai at Pune (March 24, 2015)|
Thakur’s Cricket Career:
On November 9, 2012, he made his First-Class debut for Mumbai versus Rajasthan in Ranji Trophy. He picked 1 wicket in the 23 overs he bowled in the match.
In the 2013-14 season of Ranji Trophy, Shardul took 27 wickets at an economy of 3.80 in the 6 matches he played in the tournament. In the next season, he dismissed 48 wickets in the tournament at an economy of 2.90 in 10 matches. He was the joint-most wicket-taker of the season with R Vinay Kumar.
In 2015-16 Ranji Trophy, he took 41 wickets in the tournament. Moreover, his 8/115 in the final match against Saurashtra, led his team to win the title of the season.
On February 27, 2014, he started his List-A cricket career against Baroda in Vijay Hazare Trophy at Rajkot. He took 2 wickets for 59 runs in his 10 overs. Also, on March 24, 2015, Thakur made his T20 debut against the same team in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Pune, in which he managed to get 1 wicket.
Thakur was named in the squad for 2016 India’s tours of West Indies but didn’t get the chance to play in the series. Later, on August 31, 2017, he made his ODI debut against Srilanka in the 4th ODI of the series. He took 1 wicket for 26 runs in the match at an economy of 3.71.
On February 21, 2018, Shardul made his T20I debut opposite South Africa at Centurion where he managed to get the wicket of Hendricks. In the same year, he made his Test debut versus West Indies at Hyderabad. His Test debut lasts for just 10 balls as he suffered from a groin injury, and didn’t play the remaining matches of the series.
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Shardul’s Jersey controversy:
Shardul Thakur made his ODI debut in 2017 with the jersey number 10. As we all know Cricket is believed like a religion in India and Sachin Tendulkar as the god of cricket, which means God used to wear the number 10 jersey. So after seeing Thakur with a jersey that read number 10, some people get so offended that they trolled him badly. However, he changed his jersey’s number to 56 after this controversy.
Later, Thakur clarified that he chose that number because of numerological reasons and not to signify himself as Tendulkar.
Shardul Thakur played his first IPL for Kings XI Punjab in the 2015 season as they bought him for 2 million INR. He played just one game for them and was later released by them.
Then, Rising Pune Supergiants signed him for the 2017 IPL season. He took 12 wickets in the season at an economy of 8.25. Shardul was signed by the Chennai Super Kings for the next season of IPL, and from then onwards he has been playing for CSK constantly.
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Facts about Shardul Thakur:
- He started off his cricket career as a spin bowler.
- After the jersey controversy, BCCI retired number 10 jersey in respect of Sachin Tendulkar.
- While playing for Indian Board President XI against South Africa in 2015, he took 4 wickets including the likes of Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla.
- However, Shardul belongs to Maharashtra, but he opted to play for Mumbai.
- His coach, Dinesh Lad, is also has been the coach of Rohit Sharma.
Frequently asked questions on Google:
Q1: Where is from Shardul Thakur?
Ans: Palghar, Maharashtra.
Q2: What is the age of Shardul Thakur?
Ans: 28 years (in 2020)
Q3: What is the jersey no. of Shardul Thakur?
Q4: Is Shardul Thakur related to Anurag Thakur?
Ans: No, he isn’t.
Q5: What is the height of Shardul Thakur?
Ans: 5’ 9” (175 cm)
Q6: Who is the wife of Shardul Thakur?
Ans: He is unmarried.
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