IND vs ENG: According to a report by ESPN Cricinfo, Shardul Thakur is likely to miss the second Test against England, beginning tomorrow. The Indian pacer has suffered a hamstring injury on the eve of the Test and thus is likely to be ruled out for the second Test. Thakur arrived for training on Monday at Lord’s and spent time in the gym alongside the India physiotherapist Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb.
Shardul Thakur was part of India’s four-member pace attack in the first Test. He took four wickets, two each in both innings. His unavailability will lead to a selection headache for team India for the second Test.
The second Test will be played at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Should India play with four seamers and one spinner or three seamers and two spinners is an issue to be addressed. If India plays Ishant Sharma, then they will have four proper fast bowlers in their line-up. But by doing this, India will end up with a long tail, which they would not be wanting at the moment.
India is likely to replace Shardul Thakur with Ravichandran Ashwin for the second Test at Lord’s. With Lord’s pitch also assisting spinners, India wouldn’t want to leave a match-winner in Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin didn’t play the first Test as he made way for Shardul Thakur in the eleven.
Ishant Sharma too was unfit to play the first Test and has been out of action from Test cricket since the World Test Championship Final. Mohammad Siraj, who was included in the playing XI in place of him, impressed one and all with his line and lengths. Given the way the latter had bowled in the second Test, India wouldn’t be dropping him for the Lord’s Test.
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