Indian all-rounder Shardul had shattered Ian Botham's record by registering the fastest Test fifty in England last year.
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- Shardul Thakur had shattered Ian Botham's record when India toured England in 2021.
- India will meet England in the series decider on Friday.
- The rescheduled 5th Test of the 2021 series will be contested at Edgbaston.
Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur had raised his stocks when India last toured England for the five-match Test series in 2021. After a fruitful season with the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, the Indian all-rounder has returned to the Team India squad for the ongoing tour of the United Kingdom (UK). Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, the Virat Kohli-starrer Team India was scheduled to meet England in the 5th Test of the 2021 series on Friday. However, Indian skipper Rohit is ruled out of the 5th Test after testing positive for COVID-19.
Speaking to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ahead of the high-profile meeting with the Ben Stokes-led side, pacer Shardul explained why England is one of his favourite places to play international cricket. During the fun interaction with the BCCI, Shardul also opened up about the funny nicknames given to him by his teammates. For the unversed, 'Lord Shardul' and 'Beefy' are some of the popular nicknames that are given to the former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star.
"England is a bowler's paradise. The ball swings here and at a time you can get a lot of wickets in one spell. So yeah, England is one of my favorite places to play cricket. I am fine with any name (laughs). The name Bull is what they have been calling me since my Ranji Trophy days. I am fine with any nickname that my teammates give me. Lord and Beefy just got famous after my performances against England. It shows how much my teammates love me. It's good to hear, sounds good when it falls on my ears," Shardul said in a recent video posted by bcci.tv.
Indian all-rounder Shardul had shattered Ian Botham's record by registering the fastest Test fifty in England last year. The star pacer and middle-order also scored the second-fastest fifty for India in the longest format of the game. Led by pacer Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit-less India will lock horns with England in the series decider at Edgbaston on Friday.