MUMBAI, Aug. 1 -- When India last toured the West Indies in July 2022, the focus of the team management was on sharpening the game of their players in preparation for the T20 World Cup. One-day cricket was left for the second-choice players for most of the season. It helped the likes of Shardul Thakur to get a lot of 50-over games. And he has benefitted.

In that three-match series, which was played at the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad, Thakur's bowling stood out. He was the joint highest wicket-taker with seven scalps in three games at an economy rate of 6.25.

Then, with the leading bowlers again rested in the Zimbabwe ODI series, held in August 2022, Thakur made the most of it with four wickets in two ODIs. He finished the year on a high wi...