Shardul Thakur, The right arm medium pacer of Indian ODI cricket team was sold to Chennai Super Kings at the price of ₹2,60,00,000 in 2018 IPL auction. The Mumbai bowler had an initial base price of 75 lacs and his bid increased to crores, when four IPL teams showed interest in him during the Auction. These were Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders who were eager to buy the Indian cricketer. He recently caught media attention when he was spotted at a Mumbai local train and was praised for his humble attitude.
He has performed consistently well in domestic matches where in 2012–13 Ranji season; he took 27 wickets at 26.25 from six games, with one five-wicket haul. In the 2013-14 Ranji season, he took 48 wickets at 20.81 from ten games with five five-wicket hauls. In 2015-16 Ranji Trophy final, he took eight wickets against the Saurashtra cricket team and led Mumbai cricket team to win its 41st Ranji Trophy title.
Shardul Thakur made his debut in India’s limited overs squad for the series against Sri Lanka in August 2017 and he was a part of the recently concluded series against South Africa. He took four wickets against South Africa in the sixth ODI match of the series.
In 2015, Shardul Thakur played his first and only IPL match for Kings XI Punjab against Delhi Daredevils where he could manage just one wicket. He took 11 wickets in 12 matches that he played for Rising Pune Super Giants and performed his career best against the ex- team Kings XI Punjab. In T20 International matches, he has so far taken 44 wickets in 41 matches, with best figures of 4/27.
Interesting fact – Shardul Thakur became the second player to wear the no 10 Jersey next to Sachin Tendulkar when he made his debut against Sri Lanka. The number 10 Jersey raised few controversies in social media as the number worn by a legend took over by a debutant. Due to this, he decided to change his jersey number to 54 after returning to India against New Zealand in ODI series. Later in November, BCCI retired Sachin Tendulkar’s No. 10 jersey to avoid anyone wearing the same number again.
Full name: Shardul Narendra Thakur
Born: 16 October 1991 (age 26) Palghar, Maharashtra, India
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
National side: India
ODI debut: (cap 218) 31 August 2017 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI: 16 February 2018 v South Africa
ODI shirt no.: 54 (formerly 10)
Domestic team information
2015-16: Kings XI Punjab
2017: Rising Pune Supergiants(squad no. 10)
2018 – present Chennai Super Kings(squad no. 54)
Source for Personal Information: Cricinfo.com