Vidarbha medium pacer Aditya Thakare will fly to New Zealand to replace injured pacer Ishan Porel. Thakare made his debut in the Ranji Trophy final clash against Delhi and impressed everyone.
Thakare is the second cricketer from Vidarbha to be named in the junior World Cup squad. Faiz Fazal was included in the Indian U-19 squad in 2004 but returned with a fractured thumb before the start of the mega event.
“Aditya will be going to New Zealand,” a BCCI source told to TOI.
Notably, Ishan injured his knee during India’s 100-run victory over Australia in the opening match.
Thakre was scheduled to play for Vidarbha in the Cooch Behar Under 19 semifinals which begins in Nagpur on Friday.
P Krishnakumar, who has coached Thakare at the Central Zone Zonal Cricket Academy, is delighted to hear the news.
“I was surprised when he did not get selected. Aditya is a brilliant bowler. He bowls immaculate line and length which is suited for one-day cricket,” he said.
Krishnakumar further believes Aditya will add more venom to India’s fast bowling department.
“They bowl at 140 plus kmph, and Aditya swings the ball,” he added.
The tall and lanky pacer got picked in the Central Zone team for the Inter-Zonal matches conducted by NCA. He claimed ten wickets in four innings.
Thakare was pivotal in Vidarbha’s success in the Central Zone Vinoo Mankad Under-19 One-day tournament. He bagged 11 wickets in five matches at an average of 10.54 and an economy of 3.13, including a five-for. He also got included in India’s U-19 squad for the youth Asia Cup in Malaysia.
The young Thakare also had a good stint in the Challengers Trophy. Playing for India Blue, Aditya picked up five wickets in four matches at an economy rate of 4.02.
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