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Can there be anything worse than getting injured on your debut? Shardul Thakur, the Mumbai youngster, who received his maiden Test cap on Friday sustained a right groin injury after bowling just ten deliveries. Earlier in the day, Shardul Thakur became 294th Test player to play for India in the Test cricket.

Right Groin Injury spoils Thakur’s Test debut

In Dubai, Shardul Thakur cited “right hip and groin soreness” after the game against Hong Kong. He was quickly assessed by the team physio, who, eventually, asked him to stay away from the Asia Cup 2018.

However, Thakur bowled precisely ten deliveries in his debut game before showing the discomfort with his groin. It was the same injury, which ruled him out of the Asia Cup 2018 after giving 40-odd runs in four overs against Hong Kong.

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Shardul Thakur has received his maiden Test cap. Credits: BCCI Twitter

It took place when Shardul Thakur was bowling the fourth over in the first innings against the Windies. He faced a difficulty while finishing his delivery and was quickly assessed by the team physio, Patrick. After a brief chat with the skipper Virat Kohli, Shardul Thakur walked off the field.

Match Progress:

Coming to the game, Windies, who got the boost of Jason Holder won the toss and asked the home side to roll their arms on Hyderabad wicket. Both the openers batted well enough when fast bowlers ran with the new ball.

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Ravi Ashwin grabs Kieron Powell. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

However, it was a matter of time for Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav to send both the openers in quick succession. Meanwhile, Shai Hope found his touch and got the decent start of 36 to his name.

Although getting the start, he couldn’t quite capitalise it, as Umesh Yadav bowled a ripper of the delivery to trap him Leg Before Wicket (LBW). The wicket of Shai Hope also brought curtains on the first session of the match.

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