India fast bowler Shardul Thakur had a disastrous Test debut as he walked off the field after bowling just 1.4 overs in the second Test against the West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday.
Thakur has been a squad member of the Indian team for many series without getting a lot of game time. He played in the Asia Cup in the UAE but was ruled out of the tournament after complaining of groin soreness during the first match against Hong Kong.
Even though he played competitive cricket since, the issue has persisted with the Mumbai fast bowler managing to bowl just 1.4 overs on his Test debut before walking off the field due to a suspected groin injury.
As he grimaced in pain, team physio Patrick Farhat tried to make an assessment before the bowler walked off the ground.
If it is indeed a recurrence of the same injury, it won’t reflect well on the Indian team’s player monitoring system. All-rounder Kedar Jadhav got injured during the Asia Cup final after injuring the same hamstring that had troubled him in the past. Also, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s back has kept him in and out of the team this year.
There was yet another security breach during the India-West Indies Test series with a fan invading the pitch on the opening day of the Hyderabad Test.
Kohli was fielding at mid-wicket in the first session when the fan ran on the field. However, according to reports it took security some time to reach the field and that gave the fan enough time to take a selfie and also embrace Kohli.
Security officers eventually overpowered the youngster and took him off the field. As the umpires called for a drinks break, Kohli seemed visibly upset.
It was the second incident such of the series after two fans invaded the pitch in an attempt to take selfies with Kohli during the first Test in Rajkot last week.
Both Kohli and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni have been the subject of numerous pitch invasions of late. During this year’s Indian Premier League, many fans invaded the ground during matches to click selfies with Kohli and Dhoni.
Virat Kohli wants to protect teenager Prithvi Shaw after being compared to Sachin Tendulkar following his Test debut century against West Indies.
Shaw, 18, became India’s second youngest player to hit a Test debut century after scoring 134 runs in the first Test victory in Rajkot.
Tendulkar still holds the record when he made 119 against England aged 17 but Kohli has warned not to expect too much from the young batsman.
“We are all very happy for him but I don’t think we should compare him to anyone yet or we should put him in a space where he starts feeling pressure,” Kohli told media on the eve of the second Test against West Indies.
“He should be left to enjoy his cricket and slowly grow into the cricketer that we all believe he can be.
“He has shown that in the first Test already and we believe he can keep repeating that because he is a very keen learner, he is a very sharp guy and he understands situations really well.”
Kohli admits his been impressed with the young talent of Shaw, 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant and batsman Hanuma Vihari, 24, after playing in the IPL.
“One always feels that pressure when you wear your country’s cap on the morning of the match but yes, I think it’s not as intense as say 10-15 years back when you didn’t have any exposure to this kind of cricket,” he added
“They have played in situations like the IPL where they have played in front of so many people that they are not nervous any more of the big stage,” he said.
“They are not overawed by the scenario and I think that’s always going to be an advantage because the guys can be fearless and they can start doing the job from game one.”