The former Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan spoke on the Indian allrounder’s role in the Kolkata Knight Riders. He said that Shardul Thakur should focus more on his bowling and try to take wickets. In this Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders have used him as a batter only. The Kolkata’s allrounder has just picked 4 in the tournament so far.
Yusuf Pathan on Shardul Thakur
“I wouldn’t say that he should be used more as a batter. If a lot of wickets fall early, you can then come in and score some crucial runs if you bat well. But his job should be to bowl at least two or three overs in the powerplay. He can then come back into the attack for the kill. He is an experienced bowler who has played Tests and ODIs as well. I’d like to see him focus on his bowling and get some wickets,” Pathan told ESPNCricinfo.
He further added on Shardul Thakur that
“KKR have used Shardul Thakur on some occasions, but he has proved to be very expensive,” Pathan said. “No captain would want a bowler to complete four overs in such a situation. This could be the only reason why he hasn’t bowled his full quota of overs in most games,” he concluded.
Yusuf Pathan said that Chennai Super Kings has used Shardul Thakur in the new ball as well. However, Kolkata has not used him in the powerplay that much this season. He is considered as a man with golden arms, he picks wickets whenever required for the team.