Shardul Thakur Biography – Once trolled for wearing the jersey number of the ‘god of cricket’ to being known as the ‘Lord’ himself!
Family Background of Shardul Thakur:
Shardul Thakur was born on the 16th of October in 1991 in Palghar, Maharashtra.
His father’s name is Narendra Thakur, and his mother’s name is Hansa Thakur.
He has an elder sister.
He did his schooling at Tarapur Vidya Mandir and Swami Vivekanand International School. He has completed his graduation from Khalsa College in 2012.
Thakur used to travel 90 km from his house in Palghar to Mumbai every day to practice cricket, the reason he is known as ‘Palghar Express’ in the local circles.
In 2006, he smashed six 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 in the match, which included ten sixes and 20 fours.
Subsequently, Shardul caught the eyes of Dinesh Lad, head coach of “SVIS,” who then decided to train him under his 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 weight if he is earnest about playing cricket.
Then, 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||31 years, 5 months (in 2023)|
|Birth Place||Palghar, Maharashtra, India|
|School||Tarapur Vidya Mandir, Maharashtra.|
Swami Vivekanand International School
|College||Khalsa College, Mumbai|
| 5’ 9”|
|Family & Relationships:|
|Girlfriend||Mittali Parulkar (engaged)|
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm medium|
|Major Teams||India, Mumbai A, Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals|
|Test Debut||India vs West Indies at Hyderabad (October 12, 2018)|
|ODI Debut||Sri Lanka vs India at Colombo (August 31, 2017)|
|T20I Debut||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)|
Shardul’s Cricket Career:
On the 9th of November, 2012, he made his First-Class debut for Mumbai versus Rajasthan in Ranji Trophy. He picked one wicket in the 23 overs he bowled in the match.
In the 2013-14 season of the Ranji Trophy, Shardul took 27 wickets at an economy of 3.80 in the six matches he played in the tournament. In the following season, he dismissed 48 wickets at an economy of 2.90 in 10 games. He was the joint-most wicket-taker of the season with R Vinay Kumar.
In the 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 season’s title.
On the 27th of February, 2014, he started his List-A cricket career against Baroda in Vijay Hazare Trophy at Rajkot. He took two wickets for 59 runs in his ten overs. Also, on the 24th of March, 2015, Thakur made his T20 debut against the same team in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Pune, in which he managed to get one wicket.
Thakur was named in the squad for 2016 India’s tours of West Indies but didn’t get 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 one 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.
The same year, he made his Test debut opposite West Indies at Hyderabad. His Test debut lasted for just ten balls as he suffered from a groin injury and didn’t play in the remaining series. However, he made his comeback in Tests against Australia in 2021.
Shardul’s Jersey Controversy:
Shardul Thakur made his ODI debut in 2017 with the jersey number 10. As we all know, cricket is believed to be a religion in India, and Sachin Tendulkar, the god of cricket, used to wear the number 10 jersey.
So after seeing him 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, he clarified that he chose that number for numerological reasons and did not signify 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 later got 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. Chennai Super Kings signed Shardul for the next season, and from then onwards, he played for CSK until 2021.
Later, Delhi Capitals (DC) acquired Thakur for 10.2 crores for IPL 2022.
Facts about Shardul Thakur:
- He started off his cricket career as a spin bowler.
- After the jersey controversy, BCCI retired the number 10 jersey in respect of Sachin Tendulkar.
- While playing for Indian Board President XI against South Africa in 2015, he took four wickets, including Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla.
- Shardul Thakur’s wife’s name is Mittali Parulkar. The couple got married on February 27, 2023.
- 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 the hometown of Thakur?
Ans: Palghar, Maharashtra.
Q2: What is the age of Shardul?
Ans: 31 years, 5 months (in 2023)
Q3: What is the jersey no. of Shardul?
Q4: Is Shardul related to Anurag Thakur?
Ans: No, he isn’t.
Q5: What is the height of Shardul Thakur?
Ans: 5ft 9” (1.75 m or 175 cm)
Q6: Who is the wife of Shardul Thakur?
Ans: His wife’s name is Mittali Parulkar.
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