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Debutant Shardul hobbles out after sustaining groin strain

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Shardul Thakur's much-awaited Test debut turned into a nightmare as the 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 here Friday.

After bowling the fourth delivery of the fourth over, which the West Indian opener guided it past backward point, Thakur was seen to be having considerable as he started hobbling.

Once physio 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 and the physio.

Ravichandran Ashwin completed Thakur's over by bowling the last two deliveries. The extent of 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 following the Hong Kong game.

However, he was soon back in action during Trophy league phase for 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 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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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 10:30 IST