Shardul Thakur, celebrated for his timely wicket-taking skills, recently delved into what the ‘golden arm’ title means to him. He expressed a commitment to snatching wickets, even if it costs him some runs.

The cricket realm is abuzz with anticipation for the 2023 World Cup scheduled in India from October 5 to November 19. Within this context, Thakur’s name shines brightly as a probable pace inclusion.

While his one-day international record might seem average, Thakur’s potential to turn the game around and his efficient batting skills put him in the limelight.

In a conversation with The Hindustan Times, Thakur, 31, conveyed, “Every over, my goal is wickets. I firmly believe wickets shift the game’s tide. Even if it means giving away a boundary, if I can clinch a wicket, it alters the game’s dynamics. In a squad, each of us has our own niche, and right now, I’m the aggressor with the ball.”

On his recent displays, he noted, “I’m content with my bowling in the ODIs, more so during the West Indies tour where we lacked the expertise of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj.”

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He couldn’t overlook the sting of India’s loss in the World Test Championship (WTC) final to Australia. Commenting on that, he shared, “The setback from that match is hard to shake off, knowing our next shot is years away. Clinching an ICC trophy is a priority for us.”

With memories of his notable 51-run stint in the WTC final, Thakur’s zeal for claiming wickets and his aspiration for ICC glory guide his cricket aspirations.