Action got underway in the second Test between India and the West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday with India looking to complete a series sweep.
India handed a Test debut to Shardul Thakur but his dream turned into a nightmare as he walked off the field in his second over after injuring his groin.
West Indies started briskly but the hosts hit back with Ravi Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav picking up a wicket each as the visitors took lunch at 86-3. After lunch Kuldeep was on song again to reduce the Windies to 113-5. Pacer Umesh dismissed Shane Dowrich as the Windies took tea at 197-6.
However in the final session, Roston Chase and captain Jason Holder consolidated. Chase finished unbeaten on 98 while Holder departed for a well-made 52 as the visitors reached 295-7.
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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.