‘I Almost Cried, Virat Helped me Deal With Injury’ — Shardul Thakur Recalls Horror Test Debut

'I Almost Cried, Virat Helped me Deal With Injury' — Shardul Thakur Recalls Horror Test Debut

Shardul Thakur (Middle) walks back with physio during the first day’s play of the second Test cricket match between India and West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. (AFP)

Fast bowler Shardul Thakur recently made his Test debut in the second Test against Windies at Hyderabad, but it was a short-lived one.The talented bowler could only manage to bowl 1.4 overs in the match before he sustained a groin injury and walked off the park. That also marked the unfortunate end to his match.

”I was angry when it happened.” “Who wants to start a debut match like that? No one. It is a terrible feeling, believe me,” said Thakur, talking to Times of India.

“It is better to accept what happened rather than complaining about it. It is in the past for me now. I want to recover as soon as possible and return to cricket field,” he said.

Thakur explained what transpired in the middle, and how Virat Kohli’s words helped him.

“Virat immediately rushed towards me and asked ‘what happened?’ I told him that I won’t be able to continue.”

“He saw my condition. I was tense and almost cried but Virat bhai’s words helped me handle that terrible situation. He spoke with Patrick Farhart and advised me to go back and relax.”

“He gave me the confidence and asked to talk to him after the match.”

“After that he came to me and asked about my injury. He said that ‘these things are normal for an athlete,” the 27-year old said.

Post the injury, Thakur has been advised rest before going into rehabilitation. “Farhart is assisting me. He is taking one step at a time. According to him, I should be fine soon.”

This was the second time that Thakur had to leave a tour midway due to an injury. He was sent home from the Asia Cup 2018 after suffering a right hip injury doing Hong Kong match.

“As an athlete you have to deal with these challenges. When you bowl, you aim for wickets and team’s win. And when these things happen, it really hurts. It took time for me to accept it. I am now concentrating on the recovery process.”

First Published: November 5, 2018, 7:55 PM IST