The second Test between India and Windies at Hyderabad was a massive moment for pace bowler Shardul Thakur as he made his Test debut. The fast bowler has been a part of India squad for some time and with the team management resting frontline bowlers for the all-important Australia tour, the pace bowler finally got a chance to represent the nation at the highest level in cricket.
Shardul Thakur has an experience of 55 first-class games and 188 wickets at an average of 28.27. His consistent performance in the Mumbai Ranji side was hailed by several former cricket players and he soon made it to India’s A teams and IPL.
Thakur performed exceptionally well in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings which brought him to the limelight and skyrocketed his entry into international cricket.
He was part of India’s Test squad for some time but never got an opportunity to feature in the playing XI courtesy of the stiff competition. However with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami rested and Ishant Sharma injured, the selectors brought in Thakur and Mohammad Siraj for the Test series against Windies and the team management decided to give an opportunity to the Mumbai pacer ahead of Siraj.
India had declared a 12-member team yesterday for the second Test and today morning it was clear that Thakur would make his Test debut.
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Just before the match started, Team India gave Thakur his maiden Test cap and he became the 294th player to represent India in Tests. India coach and former player Ravi Shastri gave the India cap to the young pace bowler.
However, Thakur’s Test career didn’t start on a bright note as he had to leave the field after bowling just ten deliveries due to an injury.