Shardul Thakur slams Indian Premier League after being benched at Kings XI Punjab

first_imgIndian Premier League was conceptualised by the Board of Cricket for Control in India as the platform for young Indian cricketers to make the plunge into top-tier cricket. The league off course has proved to be launchpad for quite a few cricketers. (Full Coverage|Points Table) However, Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur hasn’t seen the brighter side of the lucrative league. Signed in 2014 by Kings XI Punjab, Shardul has played only one game in three seasons so far. Shradul’s hopes of making it big this season were high after a hugely successful Ranji Trophy campaign. The young Mumbai pacer played a crucial role in Mumbai’s 41st Ranji Trophy triumph as he picked up 41 wickets at an average of 24.51. Picking up eight wickets in the final against Saurashtra, Thakur finished as the sixth highest wicket-taker in the tournament. The 2016 performance was no surprise as Shardul was one of the most consistent bowlers for Mumbai in the last three Ranji seasons. In the 2014-15 season, Shardul was the joint highest wicket-taker with 48 wickets at 20.81. Irked after being perennially benched by the Kings XI franchise, Shardul took to Twitter to express his frustration.Will play a semifinal t20 game tomorrow for my club payyade sc..playing a game after 2 months..ipl has done wonders .. Certainly Shardul Thakur (@imShard) May 6, 2016Kings XI have had a torrid time this season. After managing to win only two games from eight matches, they are languishing at the bottom of the table. Also, they were forced to axe South Africa star David Miller as captain mid-way through the tournament. India Test opener Murali Vijay, who replaced Miller, started with a bang leading Kings XI to win over Gujarat Lions on May 1. However, Kings XI’s failed to keep up the momentum as they were outclassed by Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in their last match. advertisementlast_img

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