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Full name Shivsinh Jaysinh Thakor
Born October 22, 1993, Leicester
Current age 21 years 66 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 Hampshire at Leicester, Sep 17-20, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Northampton, Apr 24, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Leicestershire at Manchester, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire at Nottingham, Jun 28, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Leicester, Jul 28, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/4||Leics 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Chelmsford||16 Sep 2014||Other|
|45||Leics 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Leicester||8 Sep 2014||Other OD|
|0/41, 11||Leics 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Leicester||26 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|2||Leics||v Lancashire||Manchester||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|4/49||Leics||v Worcs||Leicester||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|0, 1/36||Leics||v Yorkshire||Leicester||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/26||Leics||v Hampshire||Southampton||6 Aug 2014||LA|
|11, 0/29||Leics||v Gloucs||Bristol||5 Aug 2014||LA|
|1, 3/21||Leics||v Essex||Chelmsford||31 Jul 2014||LA|
|0/38, 21||Leics 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Leicester||29 Jul 2014||Other OD|
Shiv Thakor's breakthrough briefly promised that Leicester's Indian community could have an exciting role model. He was first involved with the county at U-9 level, but the relationship foundered at the end of the 2014 season with his fledgling career in abeyance and he led an exodus from Grace Road and joined Derbyshire.
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.
Thakor became the first Leicestershire-born player to make a century on first-class debut - as well as becoming their youngest first-class century maker - 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 with the ECB insisting he return to the UK to have an operation. Surgery was delayed for nearly a year as Thakor was persuaded to manage the injury and played - against his better judgment - throughout the 2013 season. He then needed two operations in as many months as complications set in. The result was that his 2014 season was also severely disrupted and he played only six List A matches with minimal success.
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 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.
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