It’s undoubtful that the ‘City of Dreams’ takes its toll when one has to travel for hours to reach their destination. Locals are used to it, but for budding young cricketers, it can be a nightmare with their super massive kit-bags. But surprisingly, for Mumbai’s latest gem to Team India, Shardul Thakur, it’s very normal to catch a local train back home. The 26-year-old, who recently represented the Indian cricket team in three ODIs and two T20s, has a very humble beginning indeed.
Recently, his contribution against South Africa in T20 was impressive as he collected two wickets in the two matches he played.
The young Indian bowler, who was sold to Chennai Super Kings for 2.6 crores in the recent IPL 2018 auction, still prefers the good old local train and spends an incredible 1.5 hour journeying (one-way) to Palghar, where he resides.
The young fast-bowler’s love for Mumbai’s suburban trains took a new level when he got off a business class Emirates flight and much to the amazement of onlookers, boarded a local Mumbai train to Palghar from Andheri station. Just like he has done his entire life!
Shardul Thakur showed no qualms and looked totally comfortable. He said: “This time I boarded the train in Andheri after getting off the flight from South Africa. Straight from business class to first-class. I had my headphones on and just wanted to get home soon.”
The cricketer was also spotted buying his ticket at the Andheri station counter, hence nothing could doubt his authenticity!
According to the young talent, “They say the boy who used to travel with us is now playing for India. But I could sense people in the compartment looking at me and wondering whether I really was ‘Shardul Thakur’.”
Shardul left people confused, shocked, bewildered, happy, appreciative and totally respectful of his actions. Here’s how they were impressed:
Someone even congratulated Virat Kohli as his team-mate!
While some want him to stay down to earth always:
While he won many hearts with his gesture, Indian cricket fans right now will be like: