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Full name Shivsinh Jaysinh Thakor
Born October 22, 1993, Leicester
Current age 19 years 216 days
Major teams England Under-17s, England Under-19s, Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Education Uppingham School
|First-class debut||Leicestershire v Loughborough MCCU at Leicester, Apr 20-22, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Leicestershire v Glamorgan at Leicester, May 21-24, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Northampton, Apr 24, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Leicestershire v Gloucestershire at Leicester, May 4, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1||Leics||v Glamorgan||Leicester||21 May 2013||FC|
|0/31, 64*||Leics||v Northants||Northampton||15 May 2013||FC|
|0/34, 52*||Leics||v Worcs||Worcester||8 May 2013||FC|
|2, 0/18||Leics||v Gloucs||Leicester||4 May 2013||LA|
|75, 0/17, 2, 0/25||Leics||v Gloucs||Leicester||30 Apr 2013||FC|
|2/26, 53, 35||Leics||v Lds-Brd MCCU||Leicester||24 Apr 2013||FC|
|1/68, 114, 1/36||Leics||v Kent||Leicester||17 Apr 2013||FC|
|0/78, 3, 5*||Leics||v Hampshire||Southampton||10 Apr 2013||FC|
|2/35, 18*||Leics||v Cambs MCCU||Cambridge||2 Apr 2013||Other OD|
|30, 2/11||England U19||v West Cape In||Cape Town||23 Jan 2013||Other|
Blessed with sporting and academic talents, Shiv Thakor demonstrated faith in his potential as a cricketer when he turned down offers to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Cardiff, Durham and Loughborough Universities in favour of a full-time commitment to Leicestershire. His breakthrough promised that Leicester's Indian community could have an exciting role model.
Thakor became the first Leicestershire-born player to make a century on first-class debut when he scored a brilliant 134 against Loughborough MCCU in 2011, sharing a county record fourth-wicket partnership of 330 with James Taylor. No stranger to extraordinary feats, he also holds the distinction of being the youngest player to make a century for Leicestershire in age-group cricket, having hit a hundred against Surrey at Under-9 level, and made double hundreds for Loughborough Grammar School (237 not out for the Under-13s) and Uppingham School. While so far seen predominantly as a batsman, he has shown himself to be a useful medium pace bowler when called upon.
After making a solid introduction to England U-19 cricket in the Test and one-day series against Sri Lanka in 2011 he was somewhat surprisingly overlooked for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia in 2012. He was selected as captain for the tour of South Africa in early 2013 only to suffer a broken finger in the opening warm-up game.
Thakur's decision to put cricket above studies came after a fine 2012 season in which he averaged 61 over 10 innings in six first-class matches, including four half-centuries, topping the Leicestershire averages in both the Championship and 40-over cricket. He was also awarded the England U-19 captaincy in South Africa, but had to withdraw from the tour because of injury.
He displayed a sturdy technique that enabled him to make an impressive unbeaten 85 on a seaming pitch in a winning cause against Hampshire at Grace Road and to bat for seven hours in two innings against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road, making 61 and 39 not out to save a draw.
ESPNcricinfo - February 2013
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