Dinesh Lad perhaps had the best Teachers Day week among all the educators in India. The renowned cricket coach from Mumbai spent his week watching two of his oldest students, Rohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur, guide India to a historic Test win at The Oval in south London.

Rohit’s maiden overseas Test ton, Thakur’s twin fifties – 36-ball 57 and 72-ball 60 – and three crucial wickets swung the Test in India’s favour as it beat England by 157 runs.

Thakur walked into the Indian team as a seam bowler who could bat a bit. After his bat did the talking in two overseas Test wins, in Australia and England, the 29-year-old perfectly fits the bill of an all-rounder. 

The boy from Palghar — a district in Maharashtra about 80 kilometres from the suburbs in Mumbai — is Lad’s discovery. And the man spotted Thakur’s talent in a school match, where he scored 78 runs and picked up five wickets more…

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