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Full name Shivsinh Jaysinh Thakor
Born October 22, 1993, Leicester
Current age 20 years 43 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||Middlesex v Leicestershire at Lord's, Aug 26, 2013 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|
|1/32, 8||Leics||v Hampshire||Leicester||17 Sep 2013||FC|
|18, 2/49, 17||Leics||v Gloucs||Bristol||3 Sep 2013||FC|
|9, 2/24, 1||Leics||v Worcs||Leicester||28 Aug 2013||FC|
|1, 2/50||Leics||v Middlesex||Lord's||26 Aug 2013||LA|
|0/68, 11||Leics||v Glamorgan||Swansea||25 Aug 2013||LA|
|6, 18||Leics||v Glamorgan||Swansea||21 Aug 2013||FC|
|2/68, 12||Leics||v Unicorns||Leicester||18 Aug 2013||LA|
|10, 0/15||Leics||v Gloucs||Bristol||13 Aug 2013||LA|
|1/17, 3||Leics||v Yorkshire||Leicester||11 Aug 2013||LA|
|0/22, 34, 14||Leics||v Lancashire||Leicester||2 Aug 2013||FC|
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
Plays of the Day from second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan, in Port Elizabeth
Plays of the Day from the third ODI between India and West Indies, in Kanpur