After winning the third ODI against Sri Lanka and sealing the series by 3-0, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had promised a rotation of players in the upcoming matches. The rotation may come as a golden opportunity for young lad Shardul Thakur.
If Kohli plans to rest, Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Jasprit Bumrah, then Thakur is likely to be roped in for the fourth match marking his international debut.
Thakur is yet to get a game for India despite receiving his maiden call-up more than a year ago but the Mumbai pacer says he has been patiently preparing himself for the big moment all this while.
"Over the past few years I have been working hard. Whenever I get a chance to play I should be ready. Keeping that in mind I always prepare for the game. Whether they play me or not that's the management's role. But if you ask me personally I just have to be ready for the game whenever I get the opportunity and I prepare accordingly," Thakur said on 31 August.
Thakur has been part of the Indian set-up since 2016 under Anil Kumble when he toured the West Indies. He has been waiting in the wings for his chance, but the call-up for the playing eleven until now.
In another interesting piece of information, former captain MS Dhoni is all set to play his 300th ODI on Thursday.
India will look forward to clinching the rest of the two matches to record a clean-sweep against the Islanders.
- - With PTI inputs