How Did Shardul Get the ‘Lord Shardul’ Nickname?

Cricket fans are always quick to nickname their favorite players and Shardul ‘Lord Shardul’ Thakur is no exception. The experienced cricketer got his nickname after an impressive performance against one of Team India’s arch-rivals, joining a long list of former and current Men in Blue cricketers with at least one nickname.

Shardul continues to perform in Test and ODI cricket and is a top name among Indian cricketers in recent times. Him getting the Lord Shardul nickname only goes to show his dominance across formats.

Where Did Shardul Thakur Get His ‘Lord Shardul’ Nickname?

Shardul Thakur’s nickname came up after his daring performances against Team England at a Test game. He almost singlehandedly made life unbearable on the pitch for English players, helping India secure a much-needed victory at the time.

Fans at that game were wowed by his performances and attention to on-field events during the game. The ‘Lord’ nickname became more popular after his gameplay blew away India to secure an unforgettable Test win for the team. Fans on social media were the first to call him ‘Lord Shardul’ to highlight his on-pitch dominance.

The nickname stuck after that game and he has gone by it for some time, even though if he likes other aliases. Shardul was asked whether he prefers other nicknames to his current alias and he affirmed ‘Bull’ and ‘Beefy’ as the ones he likes. However, Shardul has no issues with the ‘Lord’ nickname and knows fans love him so much to give him a new alias.

Shardul also has Paighar Express as one of his popular nicknames.

Are There Other Popular Cricket Stars with Nicknames?

Many cricketers across generations have earned nicknames based on their on-pitch performances. Popular teams like the Men in Blue have dozens of players with at least one nickname. Top players like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, and othe legends have multiple nicknames.

Current stars like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohil, Shubman Gil, and other top cricketers in Team India also have great aliases fans identify with to highlight their on-pitch performance.

Shardul Thakur Bowling Stats

FORMATMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEcon
Tests10181335779307/618/10825.963.5
ODIs474619402014654/374/3730.986.22
T20Is2524506772334/274/2723.399.15
FC751331302969122457/619/12328.213.18
List A109108484846621674/194/1927.915.76
T20s150146300343871694/274/2725.958.76

Shardul Thakur Batting and Fielding Stats

FORMATMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s
Tests101613056720.3348163.404
ODIs472563295017.31313105.1101
T20Is256369222338181.5700
FC75103715928716.58251363.35010
List A10962168149217.69741109.8503
T20s15055184166811.24319130.401

20+ Indian Cricketers with Nicknames

It’s become a common practice in recent decades for Team India players to get one or more nicknames after great performances. Here’s a list of some top names given to several retired and current Team India cricketers over the years:

 CricketerNickname(s)
1Ajinkya RahaneJinx
2Amit MishraMishra
3Anil KumbleJumbo
4Ashish NehraPopat
5Cheteshwar PujaraChintu
6Hardik PandyaHairy and Rockstar
7Irfan PathanGuddu Tattu
8Jasprit BumrahJB,Jassi
9Javagal SrinathBabu
10Kapil DevHaryana Hurricane
11MS DhoniMahi
12Parthiv PatelBachcha
13Rahul DravidJammy, The Wall
14Rohit SharmaHit-Man
15Sachin TendulkarMaster Blaster, Tendlya, Paaji
16Shikhar DhawanGabbar
17Sourav GangulyMaharaj, Prince of Calcutta, Dada, Bengal Tiger
18SreesanthSree, Gopu
19Sunil GavaskarSunny, Little Master
20Umesh YadavVidarbha Hurricane and Babloo
21Virat KohliCheeku
22VVS Laxman Very Very Special
23Yuvraj SinghYuvi
24Mohammed SirajMiya Bhai, Miyan Magic

Top stars continue to pop up in Team India colors and we’ll expect these players to get their very own nickname as time goes by.

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