Shardul Thakur is a fast bowler who can swing the ball away from hitters who bat right-handed. Shardul is a member of the Indian Premier League’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) (IPL).

Shardul achieved his second Test fifty in the ongoing India tour of England on day one of the fourth Test at The Oval, helping India reach a solid total. After the hosts had India on the verge of collapse at 127/7 with the dismissal of Rishabh Pant, Shardul and Umesh launched a counter-offensive that forced England skipper Joe Root to think twice.

Shardul Thakur hammered seven fours and three sixes in 36 balls to keep India in the contest. In the end, he was India’s leading scorer in the innings.

Here are a few interesting facts regarding Mumbai’s pacer:

1. Shardul was born and brought up in the district of Palghar, Maharashtra, but chose to play domestic cricket for Mumbai rather than Maharashtra, making his first start in the 2012-13 season under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

2. In 2006, while playing for his school Swami Vivekanand.

Thakur made news for the first time in the Harris Shield when he hammered six sixes in one over. This was the first occasion in Harris Shield history that six sixes were struck.

3. Shardul Thakur and Vinay Kumar both had 48 wickets in the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy, which was the most for that season. After that, he helped Mumbai win the Ranji Trophy for the 41st time in the 2015-16 season, taking 41 wickets, the most for the team.

He was also the team’s second-highest wicket-taker in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy.

4. Like many other cricketers, the kit bags and trains tell a colorful story. He grew up in Palghar, a town 87 kilometers north of Mumbai, and spent his early cricketing years taking early-morning trains into the city with his kitbag. During his teen years, Shardul Thakur used to travel for almost 7 hours back and forth, working hard to make a living.

5. Shardul Thakur ignited a debate after starting with the No. 10 jersey. Because it was Sachin Tendulkar’s jersey number, fans were irritated, and he received a lot of flak as a result. Shardul chose No. 10 since it was the month in which he was born. He later modified it to 54.