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Shardul Thakur has replaced Axar Patel in the 15-man main squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup.

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The left-arm spinner takes Thakur's place in the list of standby players, that also includes Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar.

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The decision to execute the swap was not injury enforced but after a discussion between the All India Selection Committee and the team management.

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A likely explanation for Thakur's inclusion in the squad is the uncertainty around Hardik Pandya, who hasn't yet resumed bowling.

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Thakur, who played the last of his 22 T20Is in the series against England in Ahmedabad early this year, has slowly emerged as an all-round option for India across formats.

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His batting credentials received a significant fillip at The Oval Test last month when his twin fifties helped setup India's final-day win.

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Thakur has also been a central figure in Chennai Super Kings' run to the IPL 2021 final, taking 18 wickets (highest for the franchise) from 15 games at an economy of 8.75.

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Batting opportunities though haven't been forthcoming in the CSK side.

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