Shardul Thakur or Umran Malik: In the first match of the three-match ODI series between India and New Zealand (IND vs NZ), Umran Malik had to sit on the bench. The same happened in the second match as well. In both the matches, Shardul Thakur became a part of the playing-11 in place of Umran. By the way, in the press conference held a day before the second match, Indian team’s bowling coach Paras Mhambre had indicated that only Shardul Thakur will be a part of the playing-11 in the second ODI.
In fact, when Paras Mhambrey was asked why Shardul Thakur was taken in the playing-11 instead of Umran Malik, he replied, ‘The way Shardul Thakur bats, he gives depth to the team in batting. He is an all-rounder option for the team. This was a major reason for his being in the playing-11. He has done well for Team India in the past. The decision to choose between Umran Malik and Shardul also depended on the pitch. You have to see the combination of your team according to each field.
Shardul has shown strength in batting many times
Shardul Thakur has shown his batting prowess from IPL to International level. He has scored excellent half-centuries in Test matches against England and Australia. At the same time, in some matches of IPL, he has also batted fast. In such a situation, he has the ability to play the role of an all-rounder in the lower order for Team India. However, Shardul Thakur’s batting figures in ODI cricket have not been as good. In 32 matches, he has been able to score runs at an average of just 19.50. During this, he has scored a half-century.
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