Thakur is seen as an all-rounder for bowling and has not always been India’s first choice in the limited-overs format. He was not part of the recently concluded Asia Cup, nor was he part of the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, with the next ODI World Cup in India in just over a year, he could be well into the mix. With Hardik Pandya back in the XI as a pace all-rounder, Thakur will battle for third sailor, with the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna and Deepak Chahar, while Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will lead the pace attack.
After being wicketless just twice in nine ODIs this year, and taking 14 wickets in an economy of 6.02, Thakur said he was “definitely looking for a national call-up again” regardless of format.
“I’m bowling well and getting wickets. Even in the last two runs with white balls [against Zimbabwe and the West Indies] I’ve played, I’ve taken wickets. So definitely looking for a national call again when they want my services,” he said.
Overall, Thakur has featured in three of the five Tests India played this year, where he also shone with a seven-wicket haul in the Johannesburg Test and played just a lone T20I in the 27 matches India has played to date. In 50 overs, Thakur has played nine out of 15 games.
Although initially part of the West Zone squad for the ongoing Duleep trophy, Thakur was called up to India A contingent after Prasidh’s back injury. In the two first-class matches against New Zealand A held in Bengaluru and Hubbali for the List A games, Thakur took three wickets. How has he adapted his game to different formats and conditions?
“The moment T20 cricket was introduced, players faced the challenge of switching between formats,” said Thakur. “As a professional, it is our responsibility to switch immediately. The switch has happened a lot in recent years. It’s not like you play red ball first, you move on to ODIs and then to T20Is, it all depends on what kind of kind of I think as a player we just need to be ready and when we have time apart from playing a match like in nets or maybe a few days between series we just need to practice different skills that you would use in different formats. “