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Full name Shivsinh Jaysinh Thakor
Born October 22, 1993, Leicester
Current age 20 years 302 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||Leicestershire v Worcestershire at Leicester, Aug 14, 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|
|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|
|3, 3/10, 0, 0/15||Leics 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Hinckley||15 Jul 2014||Other|
|0/30, 61||Leics 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Leicester||14 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|3/34, 0, 0/15, 11||Leics 2nd XI||v Derby 2nd XI||Denby||8 Jul 2014||Other|
|40, 0/14||Leics 2nd XI||v Derby 2nd XI||Denby||7 Jul 2014||Other OD|
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. His progress in 2013 was steady, if unspectacular and he remained a player of great promise.
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