India looks at me for all three formats says Thakur

"I'm bowling well and getting wickets again so I'm definitely looking forward to their call if they want my services."

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Shardul Thakur said he was seen as an "all-format player" for India. While he has mostly appeared in ODIs this year, in limited talks with India captain Rohit and head coach Rahul Dravid, Thakur said management would like him to play all three formats for the national team.
"In the first conversation between them and me, they conveyed to me that I was a three-format player for them," said Thakur, who served four wickets to bowl New Zealand A for 167 in the first one-dayer Thursday. “They look at me in all three formats. After that [talk], we didn't really sit down and talk because we played games regularly. As you can see, the schedule is full. The Indian team plays series after series with a gap of only four to five days. No one really had time to sit down and chat with each other. All the chat we used to have was game based or strategy planning for the next game – stuff like that.”
Thakur is considered an all-rounder in seam bowling and has not always been the first choice for India in the limited overs format. He was not part of the recently concluded Asian Cup, nor did he make the cut for the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, with the next ODI World Championship in India lasting just over a year, he could well be in the mix. With Hardik Pandya back in the XI as a tempo all-rounder, Thakur will be battling for the third Sear spot with the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna and Deepak Chahar, while Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will lead the tempo attack.
After going wicketless just twice in nine ODIs this year and winning 14 wickets on an economy of 6.02, Thakur said he was "definitely looking for a national call again" regardless of the format.
“I bowl well and get wickets. Even in the last two white ball series I've played [against Zimbabwe and the West Indies] I've taken wickets. So I'm definitely looking for a national call again whenever they want my services," he said.
Overall, Thakur has appeared in three of the five Tests played by India this year, where he has also played on a seven-wicket draw in the Johannesburg Test and has only played a single T20I in India's 27 previous games. played. In 50 overs, Thakur has played nine games out of 15.
Although originally part of the West Zone squad for the ongoing Duleep Trophy, Thakur was called up to the Indian A contingent following Prasidh's back injury. In the two top-flight matches against New Zealand A, played in Bengaluru and Hubbali for List A matches, Thakur won three wickets. How has he adapted his game to different formats and conditions?
"When T20 cricket was introduced, players faced the challenge of switching between formats," said Thakur. “As a professional, it is our responsibility to switch immediately. A lot has happened in the transition in recent years. It's not like you play red first, you switch to ODIs and then T20Is. It all depends on what kind of player I think we just have to be ready and when we have time other than to play a match like in Nets or maybe a few days between series we just have to practice different skills that you are in would use different formats. "