T20 World Cup: Shardul Thakur Replace Axar Patel and steps into the Indian Squad

Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur

The National selectors of the Indian cricket team, on Wednesday decided to add the name of Shardul Thakur in the 15 man Indian team ahead of the T20 World Cup which is going to be held in U.A.E in the upcoming week. The inclusion of Thakur furthermore comes at the expense of the in-form left arm spinner Axar Patel.

The move was further followed by Hardik Panday’s inability which proved that he could bowl a full quota of overs during the World Cup as per report given by TOI on Sunday which says that the selectors were unsure regarding the ability of Pandya as the bowler and hence decided on getting a fast bowler in the first 15.

The batting capability of Thakur had helped him to win him the place in the mainstream ahead of Deepak Chahar who also remains a standby along with Axar and Shreyas. Hardik has further confirmed that he is unlikely to bowl in the T20 World Cup, and hence the selectors went with a squad with a pacer short, and it is believed that he will bowl his quota of overs. “Now that he has backed out, a pacer has to be brought in”, said a close source of the selectors to TOI. 

As a dropper Axar has clearly been the best spinner after Varun Chakravarthy during the IPL. Furthermore Axar was seen as a backup for Ravindra Jadega, the leg spinner Rahul Chahar was also benched by the Mumbai Indians recently and he retained his spot because he was offered variety in the attack. Chahal’s last hope of getting into the squad was followed by a fire run of the form in the second leg of the IPL.  

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