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‘India Doesn’t Deserve Him’, Fans Hail Shardul Thakur For Traveling 700KM In Car For Mumbai Match

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One of the meta-favourites for the fans of the Indian Cricket Team, Shardul Thakur reportedly underwent a road journey across 700 kilometres between Ahmedabad and Jaipur to join the Mumbai team’s bio-bubble ahead of their Vijay Hazare Trophy against the Rajasthan city, according to a report by the Times of India

Shardul Thakur is playing for Mumbai in Vijay Hazare Trophy - he went through a car from Ahmedabad to Jaipur 10hrs drive for making him available for the domestic tournament for his state side.

This shows his respect for domestic cricket.@razi_haider @mohsinaliisb

— Cricket Is Love (@CricketIsLove7) February 23, 2021

What normally is a flight no more than 80 minutes long turned out to be a 10-hour road trip for the all-rounder given the various travel restrictions imposed within the country, keeping in mind the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

"We are helpless, we cannot do anything else in the current situation," said Sanjay Naik, the secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), according to The Independent

"He will take the car at 5 am (on February 22) and should reach by evening in Jaipur. If we had chosen to fly him down he would have had to take three-day quarantine in Jaipur. This way he will be ready to play on Tuesday itself if he feels ok," he added. 

Had Thakur taken a flight, he would have been required to remain in quarantine for the next three days, which obviously would have taken away his opportunity to play for Mumbai in the Pink City on Tuesday. 

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"To go from the Indian team's bio-bubble to Mumbai's bio-bubble directly and avoid quarantining, he couldn't have taken a flight. So, he chose to travel by road. It speaks about his commitment to the Mumbai team," TOI quoted a source near the cricketer.

In January 2021, Thakur was phenomenal for the Men in Blue during the latter half of Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test series in Australia and played a historic knock in partnership with debutant Washington Sundar in the fourth and final match at The Gabba. 

Shardul crunches a "Steve Waugh-like" cover drive says Mike Hussey.

Live #AUSvIND:

— (@cricketcomau) January 17, 2021

However the 29-year old was released from the team ahead of India’s third Test against the touring England at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium allowing him to play for Mumbai in the domestic tournament. 

Thakur’s fanbase was overwhelmed with his dedication towards his duties as both an international and domestic player and hopped on Twitter to laud his efforts: 

India doesn't deserve him.

— Hail Lord Shardul (@17off6) February 22, 2021

Lord Shardul showing that he likes to be down to earth. Never fails to impress

— Stoned.psyduck (@stonedpsyduck) February 22, 2021 

However, once the match is over, Thakur is expected to return to Ahmedabad by March 1 in order to fulfil his duties as an International player when Virat Kohli’s squad will look to defeat Joe Root and Co in the fourth and final Test of the series, and hopefully make progress towards qualifying for the final of the upcoming World Test Championship.

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