England vs India: Indian fast bowler shardul Thakur was ruled out of the second test against England due to a hamstring injury.
Shardul Thakur is unavailable for selection in the second test of England vs India, Thakur has suffered a hamstring injury, said captain Virat Kohli today Thakur had returned four wickets in the first test at Trent bridge match of England vs India.
Indian fast bowler shardul Thakur was ruled out of the second test England vs India due to a hamstring injury, captain Virat Kohli confirmed at a press conference on the eve of the test. Thakur, who had played as the fourth seamer in the first test at Trent Bridge, returned four wickets in the match including that of England captain joe root in the first innings.
His returns of 2 for 41 and 2 for 37 in the test had held him in good stead for the all-rounder’s role in the team, after good returns with the bat earlier this year in Australia, even as India went in with just one specialist spinner in Ravindra Jadeja. However, Thakur’s unavailability may open up the door for a fast-bowling replacement in Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma, or a game for Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s leading spinner.
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Kohli said, “India won’t be a batsman short even with Thakur not playing.” “the good thing is that Jadeja has got runs in the first test already and he is going into the second game confident that already makes our batting deeper, the lower order contributed with the bat a well,”
Kohli said at the press conference.” yes, shardul brings in more batting ability but having said that from the batsmen’s point of view, we are well placed because Pujara, jinx (Rahane) and myself we didn’t score too many.” every game is an opportunity for other batters to step up as well, Rohit and kl (Rahul) played very well and we are very comfortable with how we are placed as a batting unit, and we don’t feel that we will be a batsman short if shardul doesn’t play.
“Kohli stressed on finding a “perfect balance” in the xi with Thakur not available for selection,” he said. Additional to the misfortune in the England squad, After injuring his calf in training on Tuesday, pacer Stuart broad is likely to remain unavailable for the second test.
Speedster mark wood is set to replace broad. Similarly, Moeen Ali was recently added to the squad, and it is expected that he will get a game. The iconic lord’s cricket ground in London is set to host England and India for the second test of the ongoing five-match series starting from Thursday (August 12). The series opener was ended in a draw after rain washed out the entire fifth and final day.
Both teams would be focusing on registering a win in the upcoming fixture to take a lead. India hasn’t won a series in England since 2007 and would be looking to change the fortunes this time around.
On the other hand, the hosts would be aiming to continue their dominance on home soil. England have won three back-to-back series at home in 2011, 2014, and 2018
Ind xi: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Kl Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja Jasprit Burmah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin/Ishant Sharma/Umesh Yadav.
Eng xi: joe root (c), Rory burns, dom Sibley, zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, mark wood, James Anderson.
And also not to forget we are interested to see what will happen in the next match who will take the lead as the first match concluded as a draw.