Sometime, it wasn’t within the realms of logic but Shardul Thakur is undecodable anyway. Breaking the convention, he was successful for Team India, despite apparent weaknesses, and that allowed India one of their most cherished and biggest wins in many many years. Whenever he donned the whites or Blues with India written over it, he allowed the side a chain of wickets - sometimes, luckily, but no one could argue that he didn’t give his all.
It was the base on which the national set-up always wanted to go back to Thakur and it is also the hope that Thakur cherishes in order to be picked in the national side again.
"In the first conversation between them and me, they conveyed to me that I am a three-format player for them," Thakur said on Thursday, reported ESPN Cricinfo. "They are looking at me in all three formats. After that [conversation], we really did not sit and have a chat because we have been playing games regularly. If you see, the schedule is packed. The Indian team is playing series after series with a gap of just four-five days. No one has really had time to sit and chat with each other. All the chat that we have had otherwise was game-based, or planning in terms of strategy for the next game - that kind of stuff."
Thakur has been out of favour from Team India’s T20 set-up, especially with Hardik Pandya being fully fit and available for all matches. With India having a slew of options when it comes to pace bowling department, Thakur will have to bide his time.
"I am bowling well, getting wickets. Even in the last two white-ball series [against Zimbabwe and the West Indies] that I've played, I have taken wickets. So definitely looking for a national call again whenever they want my services," he said.
Thakur is currently a part of the India A side that is playing New Zealand A in a one-day series in Chennai.