How unfortunate this man can be despite all the backing he has. I feel the BCCI selectors should ignore him from now on as he has been given maximum opportunities.
Friday was the day fast bowler and Mumbai man Shardul Thakur was given the Test debut cap by head coach Ravi Shastri and was there any curse in the handover ceremony that the bowler could bowl only ten deliveries before hobbling out due to recurring groin injury.
Thakur had to be shown the exit from Asia Cup after one unimpressive performance and he was also an obedient passenger during the Test series against England.
Like Karun Nair, Thakur too did not play a Test match, but he was selected for the West Indies Test series and now also in the ODI team for the first two matches. What is so special about Thakur is one fails to understand.
Did he recover fully from the persistent injury before he was selected again for national duty is a question that seeks answers now? Thakur hardly lasted 10 deliveries and now India is one bowler short.
The team management in this case went by protocol and gave Thakur the debut cap, while in England they gave Hanuma Vihari the debut ignoring all protocols.
On the other hand, Mohammed Siraj deserved a debut on his home ground, but there was some soft corner for Thakur, which ultimately backfired.
The only time Thakur appeared impressive was on South African wickets during the ODI series otherwise, even while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, he was far from impressive.
As an individual Thakur’s case is a pity as not in recent times a debut day turned into a nightmare instantly.
He was forced to leave the field due to a groin strain. After bowling the fourth delivery of the fourth over Thakur was seen to be having considerable pain as he started hobbling.
He walked out of the park instantly and later BCCI revealed through ANI tweet that Shardul Thakur has gone for scans. An update on his participation for the rest of the Test will be taken after looking at the scans and after being assessed by the team management.
When team physio Patrick Farhart went out in the middle to look at the seriousness of the injury, the next moment Thakur was seen taking the walk back towards the dressing room.
Don’t you think that there should be rule that a bowler injured very early in the match can be replaced? Just a wishful thinking.