India’s all-rounder Shardul Thakur encountered a setback during a net session in Centurion as he suffered a blow to his shoulder while batting. Although the severity of the injury is yet to be determined, Thakur continued batting after the hit but opted out of his bowling stint to ice his shoulder.
During the net session, Thakur, who was the first to face the throwdowns, was struck on the left shoulder by a delivery that rose sharply, causing him visible discomfort. Despite the pain, Thakur continued to bat, showcasing his resilience. However, he refrained from bowling and received treatment from the team’s physiotherapist, who applied an ice pack sling to alleviate any discomfort.
The incident occurred on what was supposed to be the final day of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion, which concluded in three days with South Africa securing an innings victory. Thakur contributed with both bat and ball in the Test, scoring a valuable 24 runs in the first innings and 2 runs in the second. However, his bowling figures were less impressive, registering 1 wicket for 101 runs in 19 overs.
India will be monitoring Thakur’s condition closely as they prepare for the crucial second Test against South Africa, where his all-round abilities could prove vital in their quest to level the series.