Twitterti has a mixed reaction to Shardul Thakur's Test debut

Twitterti has a mixed reaction to Shardul Thakur’s Test debut

Paceman Shardul Thakur became the 294th player to represent India when he was handed his maiden Test cap this morning by coach Ravi Shastri.

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Paceman Shardul Thakur became the 294th player to represent India when he was handed his maiden Test cap this morning by head coach Ravi Shastri. Thakur is an aggressive quick bowler, who has the ability to swing the ball away from the right-handers. He can also hit the deck hard, and often rushes the batsmen with his skiddy pace. The speedster has established himself as the spearhead of Mumbai’s bowling attack in the domestic circuit.

With the new ball, Thakur goes straight at the batsman, which compliments perfectly with Dhawal Kulkarni’s method of bowling in the Mumbai setup. The duo was successful en route Mumbai’s 41st Ranji Trophy title, which they clinched in February 2016. Thakur picked up eight wickets in the final against Saurashtra. In particular, the delivery that removed Cheteshwar Pujara on the third day – the ball spiking sharply from a length to hit the shoulder of the bat – was quite certainly the ball of the match.

Thakur comes from a small town called Palghar, situated 87 km north of Mumbai. The pacer spent his early years lugging his kitbag on early-morning trains into the city in order to play his cricket. Interestingly, Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy in his debut season of 2012-13, but Thakur did not have a major role to play in the triumph, picking up only 4 wickets in four matches averaging a dismal 82.

The 2014-15 propelled though Thakur to the top of his game, as he led the bowling charts with 48 wickets at an impressive average of 20.81. He immediately earned himself a call-up to the India A squad for four-day games against Australia A and South Africa A. Thakur went on to make his international debut in August 2017, playing against Sri Lanka in Colombo. His maiden T20I cap came in February earlier this year, during India’s tour of South Africa.

After Shardul Thakur earned a spot in the playing XI here’s how Twitterati reacted:

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