Zaheer Khan termed Shardul Thakur as the silent hero of India’s latest triumph over England in the T20I series. Thakur showed a glimpse of his talent with eight wickets in five matches, gave important breakthroughs which helped India claim important wins.
Khan on Thakur
Shardul Thakur ended up as the leading wicket-taker in the T20I series and registered eight wickets in five matches at an average of 21. Zaheer Khan said that Thakur completed his task silently and turned out to be match winner for the team. “Shardul Thakur, if you’ve noticed… there are so many big names in this Indian cricket team, so much of flamboyance. In all of that, this player is doing his job silently. He’s the silent hero of this series. His numbers are as good as any top player.”
It was the important and timely breakthroughs that made Thakur’s contributions stood out. In the fourth T20I, he dismissed Ben Stokes and England captain Eoin Morgan off consecutive deliveries. In the final match, the well-set Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow were sent back by Thakur in the same over.
Body Language and Confidence
Zaheer Khan pointed out the change he has seen in Thakur since the Australia series. Khan observed that the body language of Thakur has been changed since the tour. “Ever since the Australia series, I have seen a big change in his thinking and body language. Even if you look at him carefully in the field, his confidence is sparkling.”
Khan continued that Thakur, as player already knows what is best for him in the international cricket. “When you are playing international cricket for long, it usually takes people time to understand their game and prolong his career, but Thakur is already at a stage where he knows what’s best for him and what he needs to avoid. Put him in any situation and he will thrive.”