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Squad Number - 57
Player Sponsor - HKS Retail
Born - Leicester, 22 October, 1993
Joined - 2001 (Youth Cricket), 2006 Academy
Role - Right-hand batsman, Right-arm medium-fast bowler
Teams Represented - All County age groups, Leicestershire, England under 15s, England under 19s.
Honours - England under 15s and 19s
Highlights of Career - Becoming the youngest ever centurion for Leicestershire in age group cricket, making it for the under 9s against Surrey. Became the first Leicestershire-born player to make a century on first-class debut for the Club in scoring 134 against Loughborough MCCU in 2011.
Also, scoring a double hundred (237) for Loughborough Grammar School against Nottingham High School in the David English/Bunbury under 13s National Schools Championship Semi-Final. It was also a highlight to receive an England cap and get 50* for England under 15s at Lord's.
Players Admired - Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis
Shiv Thakor continues to make excellent progress at Leicestershire CCC. It is easy to forget that Thakor is only 20 years of age given his presence at the crease and the impact he has already made at Grace Road.
The batsman made 671 first-class runs at 31.95 and also made useful contributions in one-day cricket. Thakor’s unbeaten 64* at the Unicorns helped steer the team home alongside shipper Josh Cobb, and he proved to be an effective death bowler in t20. The youngster also did a good job with the ball in the YB40 competition.
Thakor made a tremendous impact in the Leicestershire first team in 2012. Thakor made four LV=CC half-centuries in just ten innings and topped the averages in that competition and CB40.
Thakor made a highest LV=CC score of 85* against Hampshire while his List A best 83* against Lancashire was also a tremendous innings. The all-rounder always looked calm and assured at the crease, as if the first-class arena was his natural stage.
Thakor became the first Leicestershire-born player to make a century on first-class debut for the Club in scoring a brilliant 134 against Loughborough MCCU in 2011.
It was certainly a first game to remember for Thakor given he also entered the record books for being part of Leicestershire's highest first-class stand for the fourth wicket.
Thakor put on 330 with James Taylor, who made a brilliant 237, to beat the previous best made by Leicestershire favourites Ben Smith and Phil Simmons at Worksop in the Championship-winning year of 1998. It was an ideal start to his first team career at the age of just 17.
Thakor made his LV=CC and CB40 debut in 2011. As well as catching the eye with the bat, Thakor took 3-57 in an LV=CC game against Surrey, who went on to land promotion from LV=CC Division Two.
Thakor has shown great promise throughout his career. The batsman became the youngest centurion for Leicestershire in age-group cricket for the under 9 side against Surrey.
He also made the headlines with a stunning double century for Loughborough Grammar School against Nottingham High School in the David English/Bunbury under 13s National Schools Championship semi-final.
A classy unbeaten 50 at Lord’s for England under 15s in 2008 in the Banbury game was another impressive performance from Thakor, who has appeared for County at all youth levels and played for the second team around his schooling in 2009 and 2010.
The young batsman made an excellent score of 96 for the Seconds in their last game of the campaign at Essex and led the Leicestershire under 17 side to league and cup success in 2010. During that year, Thakor scored 219 for Uppingham School against Nottingham High School.
Thakor's career record at Leicestershire:
Shiv Thakor 2013 (33.36 kB)