India to miss Shardul Thakur at Lord’s: Need to think how to pick up 20 wickets, says Virat Kohli


India vs England: Virat Kohli explained the nature of Shardul Thakur’s left-hamstring injury and confirmed that the seamer will miss the second Test at Lord’s starting Thursday.

Shardul Thakur picked up 4 crucial wickets in the drawn 1st Test at Trent Bridge (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shardul Thakur suffed a left-hamstring injury and will miss the Lord’s Test vs England
  • “I think it is a myofascial strain on his left hamstring,” Virat Kohli revealed
  • Thakur’s injury might open the door for off-spinner R Ashwin’s selection in the Indian XI

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday confirmed that seamer Shardul Thakur will miss the second Test against England at Lord’s with a hamstring injury but “should be okay for the 3rd match”.

Shardul Thakur played in important part in the drawn first Test where he picked 4 wickets but his absence now might open the door for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s selection in the Indian XI at Lord’s.

Kohli explained the nature of Thakur’s left-hamstring injury during a press conference on the eve of the second Test in London.

“From what we were told, he should be okay for the third Test. I think it is a myofascial strain on his left hamstring,” said Kohli to the media.

“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 bat a well.

“Yes, Shardul brings in more batting ability but having said that from the batsmen’s point of view, we are well placed because (Cheteshwar) Pujara, Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) and myself we didn’t score too many,” Kohli told reporters.

The skipper was specific that he was not looking at batting qualities while deciding Thakur’s replacement. “Every game is an opportunity for other batters to step up as well, Rohit and KL (Rahu) 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.

“For us, it’s about finding that perfect balance but if someone like Shardul is not available, then we definitely need to think how to pick up 20 wickets and not try to plug in another guy, who can give us some runs with the bat,” Kohli said.

The five-match series currently stands level at 0-0 after the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge. Rain played spoilsport in the series opener after a complete washout on Day 5. The second Test will be played at Lord’s from August 12.

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