India has always struggled for all-rounders. After legendary World-Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, Indian team never had an all-rounder similar to him. While Yuvraj Singh was an all-rounder with great caliber, the fact that he was a spinner and not a seamer hurt India’s chances to keep the pressure on the batters. Irfan Pathan was an amazing all-rounder as well but he wasn’t quick enough to trouble the batters.
In today’s scenario, India’s first choice all-rounder is Hardik Pandya. After Hardik Pandya suffered a terrible injury due to which he was out of action, India tested a number of all-rounders. Venkatesh Iyer was one of them. After a breakthrough IPL season in 2021, Iyer was given the India cap. However, he failed to cement his spot. Shardul Thakur is another all-rounder with great capability who has represented India in all formats.
In fact, Thakur revealed that the Indian management sees Thakur as an asset across all three formats. Thakur has the knack to break partnerships and contribute valuable runs down the order. He has also produced some match-winning knocks in overseas tours. The 30-year-old revealed that he is doing his level best to earn the national call again. With Hardik Pandya back to peak fitness, it’s going to be much tougher for Thakur to break in the side as an all-rounder.
Thakur Reveals His Game Adaptation As Per Format
“In the first conversation between them and me, they conveyed to me that I am a three-format player for them,” Thakur, who starred with four wickets to bowl New Zealand A out for 167 in the first one-dayer, said on Thursday. “They are looking at me in all three formats. After that [conversation], we really did not sit and have a chat because we have been playing games regularly. If you see, the schedule is packed. The Indian team is playing series after series with a gap of just four-five days. No one has really had time to sit and chat with each other. All the chat that we have had otherwise was game-based, or planning in terms of strategy for the next game – that kind of stuff.
The moment T20 cricket was introduced, players had the challenge to switch between formats,” Thakur said. “As a professional, it’s our responsibility to switch immediately. In recent years, the switch has been happening a lot. It’s not the case where you play red ball first, you move on to ODIs and then T20Is, it all depends on what kind of schedule we have. I think as a player we just have to be ready and whenever we get time, apart from playing a match, like in nets or maybe a couple of days between the series, we just have to practise different skills that you would use in different formats.”