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Dropping Shardul Thakur from World Cup squad, a fatal step for team India?

New Delhi: As the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2023 is coming closer, squads for the greatest cricketing tournament are being released by various countries. India too has announced the squad for the upcoming tournament. With less than 10 matches left for the Indian cricketing team, they too have started embracing themselves for the […]

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Aug 3, 2023 13:29 IST
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New Delhi: As the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2023 is coming closer, squads for the greatest cricketing tournament are being released by various countries. India too has announced the squad for the upcoming tournament. With less than 10 matches left for the Indian cricketing team, they too have started embracing themselves for the big games ahead. However, fans are in awe after Shardul Thakur was dropped from the squad. He continues to lead the table, with 50 wickets.

Shardul is highest wicket takers for India since 2019

In fact, Shardul Thakur is the only Indian bowler who has taken 52 wickets in 33 matches since the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. No other bowler has reached 50 wickets. At number two is Kuldeep Yadav, who has played equal matches to Shardul Thakur, but has been able to take 48 wickets. However, the economy rate of Shardul Thakur is the highest.

Talking about India’s most successful top 5 bowlers after World Cup 2019, Shardul has been beaten the most. He has scored runs at an economy rate of 6.18. At the same time, Kuldeep Yadav has given runs at an economy rate of 5.51.

Mohammad Siraj is at number three in this list. He has taken 43 wickets in 23 matches, while Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 37 wickets in 23 matches and Mohammed Shami has taken 35 wickets in 23 matches.

Most successful Indian bowler since WC 2019

52 wickets – Shardul Thakur
48 wickets – Kuldeep Yadav
43 wickets – Mohammad Siraj
37 wickets – Yuzvendra Chahal
35 wickets – Mohammed Shami

Shardul performance against WI

At the end of the game, Shardul admitted that he was satisfied with what he had accomplished in the series.

“I am happy to have taken eight wickets in this series. As cricketers we have been waiting for this opportunity for years and sometimes we perform and sometimes we don’t,” he said.

“No matter what series I play in, I’m just adding experience to my career and it always gives me confidence,” Shardul said after the game.

“I never feel like I have to play to secure my position because I can’t play with that mentality and I’m not that type of player,” he added at the said at the post-match press conference.

Performances in the ODI series increased Shardul’s chances of being selected for the Asian Cup and subsequent World Cup roster. However, with the return of Jasprit Bamura, the competition for spots within the team will become fierce.

First published on: Aug 03, 2023 01:29 PM IST

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