National call

Shardul Thakur optimistic about national call-up for all three formats

Sometimes it wasn’t in the realms of logic, but Shardul Thakur is indecipherable anyway. Breaking convention, he succeeded for Team India, despite apparent weaknesses, and it gave India one of their most cherished and important victories in many years. Every time he put on the whites or the blues with India written on them, he allowed the team a string of wickets – sometimes, thankfully, but no one could argue he hadn’t given it his all.

It was the basis on which the national team always wanted to return to Thakur and it is also the hope that Thakur harbors to be selected again in the national team.

“In the first conversation between them and me, they let me know that I’m a three-format player for them,” Thakur said on Thursday, ESPN Cricinfo reported. “They watch me in all three formats. After that [conversation], we really didn’t sit and chat because we regularly play games. If you see, the calendar is loaded. The Indian team is playing series after series with a gap of only four to five days. No one really had time to sit down and chat with each other. All the discussions we had elsewhere were based on the game, or planning in terms of strategy for the next game – that sort of thing.”

Thakur is out of favor with Team India’s T20 setup, especially with Hardik Pandya fully fit and available for all matches. With India having a wealth of options when it comes to pace in the bowling department, Thakur will have to bide his time.

“I bowl well, I get wickets. Even in the last two sets of white balls [against Zimbabwe and the West Indies] that I played, I took wickets. So I’m definitely looking for a national call whenever they want my services,” he said.

Thakur is currently part of the Indian A team which takes on New Zealand A in a one-day series in Chennai.