Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy pacer Shardul Thakur has been picked in India’s Test squad for the tour of West Indies. The 24-year-old right-arm medium pacer was picked by Sandeep Patil’s selection committee which also selected the squad for a limited overs series in Zimbabwe.
Thakur clinched a place in Virat Kohli’s side thanks to 41 wickets in 11 matches for Mumbai at 24.51.
Shardul Thakur. Pic/ Shadab Khan
Thakur was justifiably delighted with his inclusion after suffering from recent dejection when Kings XI Punjab was released by the franchise mid-way into the Indian Premier League.
Thakur soon got back to Mumbai and played for his club Parsee Gymkhana. “It is obviously disappointing. I was really looking forward to doing well in the IPL. It is frustrating because if you ask anyone in the squad, I was working as hard as anyone else in the training sessions,” Thakur told mid-day recently.
Kings XI Punjab did not make it to the IPL play-offs. Thakur’s Mumbai teammate Ajinkya Rahane has been named vice-captain of the Test team. Mumbai’s classy batsman Shreyas Iyer was discussed by the selectors but could not fit into their scheme of things.
'Look' how the Sheena Bora case has taken a toll on Indrani Mukerjea
Photos: Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, Shilpa Shetty's movie outing in Juhu
Birthday special: 14 Bollywood actors who made it big on TV
Photos: Vaani Kapoor, Poonam Pandey, Sana Khan at fashion event
Photos: Rishi Kapoor, wife Neetu, daughter Riddhima at book launch