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Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur in WI-bound team; Rahane picked as vice-captain

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
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.

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