Fans demand Shardul Thakur’s inclusion in India’s Playing XI for WTC final as the all-rounder went straight to nets after practice match

The all-rounder has played two Tests for the country and has 7 wickets to his name. He also played a match-winning knock of 67 runs against Australia in Brisbane earlier this year.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 14 June 2021 11:21 pm

Team India are getting ready for the much-awaited final of World Test Championship set to begin from June 18 in Southampton. Ahead of the match, all the players have recently been involved in an intra-squad simulation match. BCCI did share some information from the match and revealed that Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja scored half-centuries while Rishabh Pant smashed an explosive ton. Among the bowlers, Mohammed Siraj and Ishant Sharma impressed as they registered figures of 2/22 and 3/36 respectively. However, something happened at the end of play on Day 3 of the match which caught everyone's attention.

Nets mein chala gaya seedha: Pant tells Shastri

In the video released by BCCI, Rishabh Pant can be seen having a conversation with head coach Ravi Shastri at the end of day's play on Sunday. The wicketkeeper points towards Shardul Thakur and reveals to the Indian coach that Thakur has gone for a net session. The cameras show that the all-rounder is padded up and is going in the opposite direction to do some batting practice.

Watch the video here:

Can Thakur play in the WTC final against New Zealand?

Shardul Thakur has taken his batting quite seriously in last few years and his efforts reaped rewards when he notched-up a match-winning partnership with Washington Sundar in Brisbane where India clinched a famous victory. The 29-year-old also took 7 wickets in the match and his all-round efforts impressed everyone.

With Virat Kohli's side now gearing up for the finale, some fans believe that there is a certain case for Shardul Thakur's inclusion in the playing XI for the ultimate clash. While some believed that the all-rounder could be very handy with the ball in those overcast conditions, others claimed that his ability to contribute with both bat and ball could give him a nod ahead of other options.

Here are the tweets: