Former Indian Pacer, Zaheer Khan called Shardul Thakur the silent hero for India in the recently concluded T20 series between India and England. Khan believed that despite having so much talent in the Indian squad, Shardul Thakur proved his worth with the ball and was the silent hero for India in the series.
“Shardul Thakur, if you’ve noticed… there are so many big names in this Indian cricket team, so much of flamboyance. In all of that, this player is doing his job silently. He’s the silent hero of this series. His numbers are as good as any top player.”
Shardul Thakur ended the series as the highest wicket-taker, claiming 8 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 21.00. Shardul Thakur played a pivotal role with the ball, particularly in the last two games for India. In the fourth T20I, he dismissed a dangerous-looking Ben Stokes and England captain, Eoin Morgan, off consecutive deliveries to shift the momentum of the game.
In the final T20, he accounted for the wickets of Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow in the same over to tilt the game in India’s favour. His exploits help India bag series 3-2.
“Ever since the Australia series, I have seen a big change in his thinking and body language. Even if you look at him carefully in the field, his confidence is sparkling. When you are playing international cricket for long, it usually takes people time to understand their game and prolong his career, but Thakur is already at a stage where he knows what’s best for him and what he needs to avoid. Put him in any situation and he will thrive.” Zaheer added.