Shardul Thakur should be India’s main all-rounder in 2023 World Cup – Former selector

Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur was one of the best performers for his team in the fourth Test match against England at the Oval. He scored two consecutive fifties, and also took 3 wickets in the match.

Former Indian selector Sarandeep Singh has praised the Indian player. He stated that Thakur is a fighter and has a positive attitude. The former selector wants the team management to groom Thakur for the World Cup in 2023. Adding that the bowling of Hardik Pandya is a concern, Singh stated that Thakur should find a spot as the main all-rounder.

“I’ve always been his (Shardul) biggest fan. I’ve seen him come through the grind of bowling 25-30 overs per innings in first-class for Mumbai. Ladaku cricketer hai (he is a fighter), with a positive attitude. Even in India, Shardul should be your second pacer after (Jasprit) Bumrah, as you need an all-rounder.

Start grooming him for the 2023 ODI World Cup. From now on, consider him as an all-rounder. You need a batsman like him at No 7, and he’s a good fielder too. He must consistently feature in the XI in Tests and ODIs, if not the T20Is. I know Hardik is a very good batsman, but his bowling is a concern,” said Sarandeep Singh as quoted by the Times of India.