Shardul Thakur becomes India’s 294th Test cricketer and then walks off with groin injury

first_imgShardul Thakur managed only 10 balls Test debut, before the whole thing turned into a nightmare as the India speedster was forced to leave the field due to a groin strain on the first day of the second Test against West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday.Earlier in the morning, Thakur was presented the Indian Test cap by head coach Ravi Shastri to become the 294th player to represent India in Tests.After bowling the fourth delivery of the fourth over, which the West Indian opener Kieran Powell guided it past backward point, Thakur was seen to be having considerable pain as he started hobbling.India vs West Indies – Follow Live Once physio Patrick Farhart came inside the ground, the pacer was seen showing what looked like a groin strain. He then left the field after a couple of minutes of deliberation with captain Virat Kohli and the physio.Proud moment for @imShard as he receives his Test cap from @RaviShastriOfc, becomes the 294th player to represent #TeamIndia in Tests.#INDvWI (@BCCI) October 12, 2018Ravichandran Ashwin completed Thakur’s over by bowling the last two deliveries. The extent of Thakur’s injury and his further participation in the match is yet to be ascertained.Thakur has been sent for scans on his groin injury and a call on his participation in the Test will be taken after taking a look at the scans.This is the second time that the 26-year-old broke down in back-to-back international matches. In September, Thakur was sent home from the Asia Cup after complaining hip injury following the Hong Kong game on 18 September. He had managed to bowl just four overs on that occasion.advertisementHowever, he was soon back in action during Vijay Hazare Trophy league phase for Mumbai on 28 September but there were questions about his fitness status.Thakur, who first got into the Test squad in 2016 in West Indies, has been a back-up pacer for more than two years before he replaced Mohammed Shami in the second Test that started on Friday.Thakur was a part of the Indian squad during the five-Test series in England but did not play a single game.(With inputs from PTI)last_img