Shardul Thakur has been drafted into India’s main T20 World Cup squad on the place of Axar Patel as the final squad submission was released by BCCI earlier today.
Axar was in good form in the IPL and that’s why it’s a bit of a surprise that he has been moved to the reserves from the main squad, but a lot of it has been done because of the other resources that India already has in the squad.
Shardul Thakur was the only seam bowling all-round option India had in the reserves
Shardul Thakur has been picked because the Indian team management is not sure about the bowling of Hardik Pandya. Hardik didn’t bowl a single over in the second leg of the IPL and the only other genuine seam bowling all-round option that India had in the reserves was Shardul.
And Shardul Thakur has been doing really well with the ball for his IPL team CSK in the second leg of the IPL in the UAE. He has been outfoxing a lot of players with his variations while bowling the tough overs in the innings.
As far as Axar is concerned, the reason he might have been put into reserves despite his good form is that Ravindra Jadeja is already there in the main squad who is a left-arm spinner and a finisher with the bat, a skillset which Axar offers too. However, Axar also has the ability to bowl in the powerplay.
Twitter has reacted as usual since the news broke out of Axar’s replacement with Shardul. Some people have agreed to it and some not, but the majority believe while Shardul deserved to be picked, he should not have been picked for Axar. He probably should have been picked for someone else.
There have been a lot of tweets flowing in since the announcement of India’s final squad for the much anticipated T20 World Cup, which is taking place after a gap of 5 years. Here are some of the tweets talking about the Indian selectors’ decision –
Shardul Thakur has replaced Axer Patel in T20WC squad. Very good change seeing we had only 3 pacers before.
— 𝐕I𝐍A𝐘A𝐊 ™ (@NextBiIIionairs) October 13, 2021
If Shardul Thakur can replace Inform Axar Patel for team goodness
Why not Chahal in form R Chahar?#T20WorldCup
— Guru (@okguru123) October 13, 2021
Super Kings in T20 World Cup 🦁💙
Main Squad :
Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur
Stand by Player : Deepak Chahar
— CSK Fans Army™ 🦁 (@CSKFansArmy) October 13, 2021
Shardul Thakur replaces Axar Patel in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup 2021.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 13, 2021
Axar Patel will be the coverup of Ravindra Jadeja in the T20 World Cup. Shardul Thakur got drafted in because of Hardik Pandya's issues with bowling.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 13, 2021
Remember the name Lord Shardul Thakur. pic.twitter.com/3FpUCWPawW
— Bangali Babu (@qareebnjr) October 13, 2021
Shardul Thakur in this leg of Ipl
4 overs 1/29
4 overs 2/29
4 overs 2/20
4 overs 1/37
4 overs 2/30
4 overs 2/13
3 overs 3/28
3 overs 0/36
Thakur added to India WC squad #IPL2O21
— STATS collector (@onlyforstats) October 13, 2021
Great to see Lord Shariful making the main squad.!He absolutely deserve it.!He always delivered when team wanted.!Remember one thing Lord Thakur means business.!
— Deep Point (@ittzz_spidey) October 13, 2021
Shardul Thakur comes in the final 15, means Team Management still not sure about Hardik bowling ?? #T20WorldCup
— Abhinav. (@Abhicricket18) October 13, 2021