Former Indian player Saba Karim has stated that Shardul Thakur is emerging as a batting all-rounder for India. The right-handed batsman has scored two consecutive fifties in the ongoing fourth Test between India and England at the Oval.
5️⃣0️⃣ in the first innings ✅
5️⃣0️⃣ In the second innings ✅
1️⃣ Shardul Thakur!
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) September 5, 2021
Speaking on the Khelneeti Podcast, Saba Karim praised the Indian player for his heroics.
“The runs Shardul Thakur added were highly valuable for the Indian team in both innings. The most important thing to note here is that all the good knocks of Shardul Thakur have come in SENA countries so far. The first one came at the GABBA, a hard and bouncy surface. And here he got runs in England, where the conditions are perceived to be difficult for batting.”
Despite Thakur’s phenomenal performance, Saba Karim still feels that the Indian team cannot include him as a third seamer in the side.
“Shardul Thakur is emerging as a batting all-rounder. But I feel like he cannot be the third seamer in the attack when the team goes in with three seamers and one spinner. But when India wants to play with 2 seamers, 2 spinners, and one extra bowler, then Shardul perfectly fits in.”