What’s the story?
Fast bowler Shardul Thakur has been added to the Rising Pune Supergiant ahead of IPL 2017. The Mumbai-born pacer was roped in by the Pune franchise to bolster their domestic bowling arsenal, after not being part of the IPL auctions that took place last month.
In case you didn’t know…
The 25-year old pacer, who has played just one game of the IPL for the Kings XI Punjab in the 2015 IPL, was part of the Indian Test squad during the tour of the West Indies last year, although he did not get to play a game.
The Pune franchise shelled a massive sum of money on Ben Stokes, the English all-rounder, buying him for Rs. 14.5 crore, leaving only Rs. 30 lakh out of their original quota of Rs.66 crore.
The heart of the matter
Having established himself as the spearhead of the Mumbai bowling attack, Thakur has been one of the most promising young fast bowlers in the country, with the ability to swing the ball away from right-handers with his smooth, classic action.
Currently part of the Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic 50-over tournament, Thakur will look forward to adding more caps to his one-match IPL career, with the first RPS match set to take place against Mumbai Indians on April 6 at Pune.
The Pune team already has the likes of Ashoke Dinda, Jayadev Unadkat and Ishwar Pandey, fast bowlers who have had decent IPL experience. Yet, with Thakur being in good form lately, the acquisition might bode well for the Pune team, which lacks a little variety in the fast bowling department, with no big international names in that regard.