Shardul Thakur reportedly enters the Indian team to replace its bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah was out of the team due to injury in his fingers in the second game against Ireland last month. Bumrah performed consistently in the tour to South Africa earlier this year and in the IPL tournament. Bumrah’s absence is a massive blow to the Indian team in the encounter against the World’s strongest team on their own soil.
Shardul Thakur played consistently in the Nidahas tournament earlier and in IPL 2018, he picked a few scalps for Chennai Super Kings in a couple of games he played. Shardul will be included in the ODI squad to play a three ODI series against England. Bumrah underwent a surgery on 4th July. The surgery was successful and hence he will be kept under medical supervision for rehabilitation.
The statement by BCCI reads “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Shardul Thakur as Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement in India’s ODI squad. Bumrah underwent a surgery on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Leeds before returning to India. The surgery was successful and he will commence rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team,”
He is expected to return to the team after recovering from the injury. He is the top bowler in the ICC ODI ratings. It is very hard to fill the void created by the absence of this speedster in the Indian team. Bumrah has undergone the surgery at Leeds before his return to India and he will be monitored by the BCCI medical team.
Shardul Thakur picked eight wickets from four matches. He played for India A team who won the series against England Lions and West Indies A last month. India will take on England today in the second T20I at Cardiff.
India will play the three ODI series against England from 12th July. The first game will be played at Nottingham and the rest of the two games will be played at the Lords and the Leeds.