The current Indian cricket team has had the luxury of two genuine all-rounders in the shape of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. However, more often than not they have been competing for the same spot in the team specially whenever the Indian team is on an overseas tour and the pitches are not very conducive to spin. Ever since the exit of Kapil Dev, the Indian team has lacked an all-rounder who can form a part of India’s pace battery. For some time, Hardik Pandya seemed to be a bright prospect, but somehow, he has not been able to carry his limited over heroics to the longer version of the game.
The advent of Shardul Thakur, however, has brought in high hopes as one who can be accommodated in Kapil Dev’s rather oversized shoes. This rather fresh entrant to the Indian Test team has proved his worth on foreign soil and his two half centuries in the crucial fourth Test against in the recently-concluded Test Series against England have established beyond doubt that this lad can handle pressure at the highest level of the game.
Gp Capt Achchyut Kumar has been associated with The Teenager Today for more than 50 years; initially as a reader and later as a contributor on varied topics. Having worked in the Indian Air Force and in India’s oldest company, Forbes & Company Limited, he is now practising as a lawyer in Nainital High Court.