India’s young pacer Shardul Thakur had a torrid start to his Test career in which he only managed to bowl just the ten deliveries before he suffered a muscle pull, which caused him to limp off the field in the first Test at Rajkot against the West Indies.
India’s next Test assignment is the much anticipated one against the nation down under – Australia at their home soil. But Shardul Thakur has ruled himself out from making a comeback in the series against Australia due to his injury strain.
"Even if I try hard, I won't be able to get fit before the second Test in Australia (in Perth from December 14)," he told Indian Express. "A place in the T20Is or the Tests will be difficult. I will be eyeing the one-dayers instead. Let's see how my rehab goes. I will continue with my training for the next seven weeks," Thakur concurred.
The 27 year old was also named in the five match ODI series against the West Indies, but was later replaced by Umesh Yadav. Shardul Thakur has faced his injury woes during the Asia Cup as well, when a ‘right hip and groin soreness’ ruled him out of the tournament mid-way.
"The injury from the Asia Cup was different to this one, during the Test match, I felt like my muscle was torn off. I started limping and when Virat (Kohli) asked me what was wrong, I told him it felt like a tear."
Thakur has featured in 5 One Day Internationals and 7 T20 Internationals picking 6 wickets in the 50 over format and 8 in the shortest format of the game. He has made 26 appearances in the Indian Premier League, where he has stood out by taking 28 wickets at an average of 28.1.
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