Shardul Thakur hobbles out on debut

Shardul Thakur left the field with what seemed to be a groin strain during his second over in India's Test match against West Indies in Hyderabad.

Shardul Thakur walks back with the physio during the first day's play of the second Test cricket match between India and West Indies.   -  AFP

Shardul Thakur’s much-awaited Test debut turned into a nightmare as the India speedster was forced to leave the field due to a groin strain after bowling only 10 deliveries on the first day of the second Test against West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday.

After bowling the fourth delivery of the fourth over, Thakur - who looked to be in considerable pain - started hobbling.

Once physio Patrick Farhart entered the ground, the pacer was seen gesturing what seemed to be a groin strain. He then left the field after a couple of minutes of deliberation with captain Virat Kohli and the physio.

Ravichandran 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.

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. However, he was soon back in action during Vijay Hazare Trophy league phase for Mumbai 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.

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