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Ex-Selector Sarandeep Singh Wants India To Groom Shardul Thakur As Bowling All-Rounder For 2023 World Cup

In the fourth Test match against England at the Kennington Oval in London, Indian cricketer Shardul Thakur played a key role for the Indian team. He hit fifty in both innings in the fourth Test, and he also took three wickets in the match with the red cherry. Sarandeep Singh, a former Indian selector, has claimed that he admires Shardul Thakur. Singh said that he has watched Thakur go through the grind
with the ball at the first-class level and that the 29-year-old Thakur is a warrior with a good mindset.

Sarandeep Singh went so far as to say that a player like Thakur should be developed for the 2023 World Cup and regarded as an all-rounder. Singh claimed that Thakur should earn a regular position in the Indian team in Tests and ODI cricket, with Hardik Pandya’s bowling skills being a problem.

What Sarandeep Singh Told The Times Of India About Shardul Thakur?

“I have always been Shardul’s biggest supporter. Watched him persevere through the rigours of bowling 25-30 overs each innings for Mumbai in first-class cricket. He is a fighter and a cricketer, and he has a good mentality. Shardul should be your second pacer after (Jasprit) Bumrah, even in India,
because you need an all-rounder.”

Sarandeep Singh also stated that it is unknown how long Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar would continue to play and that Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj should be included in the Indian bowling attack with Jasprit Bumrah on a regular basis.

“You never know how long Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play. So, Shardul and Mohammed Siraj must now play with Jasprit Bumrah on a regular basis.”

Sarandeep Singh feels that India would have won the WTC Final if Shardul had played. He even said that if Shardul Thakur had played in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, India would have won. The 41-year-old reasoned that the conditions for the WTC Final would have been ideal for Thakur.

“We would have won an ICC trophy for the first time since 2013 if he had participated in the World Test Championship final. His inclusion in the starting lineup will give this squad a well-deserved ICC title. That is something that is still lacking. Those conditions were excellent for his kind of bowling. He would
have provided depth to our batting.”

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