Star Indian cricketer Shardul Thakur, who has played for his country in all three formats, has disclosed that he had a conversation with the management of the Indian team during which he was informed that they are considering him as someone who can represent India in all three formats and perform well over the long term.
India ‘A’ team, which is captained by Sanju Samson and includes Indian players Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, and Prithvi Shaw among others, is playing a three-match one-day series against the New Zealand ‘A’ team in Chennai.
Star Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur disclosed that he had a conversation with the Indian team management in which he was informed that they are looking at him as a player who can feature for the Indian team in all three formats of the game and deliver consistently.
Thakur picked up four wickets for the Sanju Samson-led India A side in the first unofficial ODI of a three-match series against New Zealand A on Thursday (September 22) at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
They are looking at me in all three formats: Shardul Thakur
The Palghar Express remembered the conversation he had with the Indian team management after he returned with the statistics of 8.2-1-32-4 in the first match against New Zealand A in Chennai and stated that he expects to be a constant member of the national squad.
“In the first conversation between them (Indian team management) and me, they conveyed to me that I am a three-format player for them. They are looking at me in all three formats. After that, we did not sit and have a chat because we have been playing games regularly,” Thakur was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“If you see, the schedule is packed. The Indian team is playing series after series with a gap of just four to five days. No one has had time to sit and chat with each other.”
“I am bowling well, getting wickets. Even in the last two white-ball series that I’ve played, I have taken wickets. So I am looking for a national call again whenever they want my services,” he added.
Shardul Thakur has played for the Indian men’s cricket team in 8 Tests, 24 ODIs, and 25 T20 Internationals thus far, and he has excelled with both bat and ball.