IPL 2021: Shardul Thakur Received Valuable Advice From Sachin Tendulkar

IPL 2021: Shardul Thakur Received Valuable Advice From Sachin Tendulkar

Shardul Thakur. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shardul Thakur. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shardul Thakur received valuable advice from India’s great Sachin Tendulkar during a Ranji Trophy campaign. Shardul Thakur has enjoyed considerable success in the Indian jersey for the last few months now, starting with India’s tour of Australia.

Shardul Thakur made a record during the recent T20I series against England unknown to most. He became the fastest Indian bowler to get to 30 wickets in T20Is. It’s not a headline-worthy milestone, especially as it has come with an economy rate of over nine runs per over, but a strike rate of 14.6 in the format is rather good.

Shardul Thakur | Twitter
Shardul Thakur | Twitter

Shardul Thakur Didn’t Disappoint In Limited Overs Series Against England

In the three-match ODI series, he picked up three wickets, and in the three-match T20I series, he bagged two wickets. However, he truly came to the fore in the Test series, when he claimed 7 wickets in a single game and also batted exceptionally well for his 67 during a remarkable rearguard action with Washington Sundar in the fourth Test at The Gabba in Brisbane. India went on to win that game and win take home the series 2-1.

Washington Sundar
India debutant Washington Sundar celebrates his half-century (Photo by Albert Perez – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

His exploits Down Under earned him a spot in the white-ball leg of England’s tour of India. And he did not disappoint. In the five-match T20I series, he finished as the highest wicket-taker of the series with eight wickets.

In the 50-over format, too, he proved to be the best of the lot as he clinched seven wickets in three games. Since the start of 2020, Shardul Thakur has been a constant part of India’s white-ball plans.

Shardul Thakur Received Valuable Advice From Sachin Tendulkar Which Saw Him Bowling Correct Line And Lengths

Shardul Thakur, who was blowing hot and cold and coming under the microscope often for his economy rates, transformed himself as regular in the limited-overs squad and picked wickets regularly to cement his place in the Indian team.

The advice he received from legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during a Ranji Trophy campaign changed his approach towards the game as he bowled according to correct line and lengths.

“I think it was just before our Ranji Trophy final or maybe we won the Ranji Trophy final and we came back fresh for another season. I was discussing something with Sachin Paaji.

“He was explaining to me the lines and he just went into flashback and he told me that you don’t remember I had told you about certain lines and lengths and certain skillsets, so keep doing that.

“He said whenever you find time, apart from your match practice, keep practicing, keep working hard. I think it has helped a lot,” Shardul Thakur recalled in a video shared by the Chennai Super Kings on their Twitter handle.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Currently, Shardul Thakur is playing for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL) season. So far in four matches, he has only picked up 3 wickets but one just can’t take him lightly yet. He continues to remain an important member of the side. In the afternoon of Sunday, second-placed CSK takes on current table topper Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Shardul Thakur has so far picked 31 T20I and 22 ODI scalps. He has played 2 Tests and picked 7 wickets while also featuring in 50 IPL matches.

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