Shardul Thakur has been on and off the field ever since his debut because of being injured. In such hard times, there was this cricketer who inspired him to recover rapidly.
Debut matches are one of the most significant moments in the life of every cricketer. They mark the foundation of the player as well as decide the future course of action for the player. Every one wants to create a mark right from the debut and make it a highly memorable one. Injured Indian medium pacer and bowling all rounder, Shardul Thakur recently revealed his bitter experiences on the field on his day of debut.
Thakur became the 294th player to represent India in the whites as he was handed the maiden test cap by the head coach, Ravi Shastri for the test match against the Windies in Hyderabad. Retrospecting on that, Thakur revealed that it became a memorable one indeed but not in the sense he wished to. He could hardly complete his second over when the skipper, Virat Kohli handed him the ball. He couldn’t deliver his eleventh ball of the spell and had to leave the field due to groin injury.
Talking on that he exclaimed that he was both angry and hurt for the same. Getting injured and not being able to contribute to the team when you get an opportunity on your , is never a dream for any cricketer. However he quiet maturely asserted later that life gives us many lessons to learn and that we must handle them with great efficiency instead of mere complaints. He termed his debut as the worst one, one could ever have experienced.
“I was angry and in tears when it happened. Who wants to start his debut match like that? No one. It is really a terrible feeling, believe me. It is better to accept what happened rather complaining about it. It in the past for me now. I want to recover as soon as possible and return to the cricket field.”
Meanwhile, he also revealed his biggest inspiration on his road to recovery. He is none other than Team India’s very own skipper, Virat Kohli. Shardul stated that it was Virat who understood his trauma at the moment and boosted his low spirits. He was absolutely heart broken for not being in a state to do his part for the team on his debut when Virat consoled him and said that being injured is a part of the game.
Virat further asked him to take rest by going off the field without feeling guilty and return back when he was alright.
He even inquired of his health at regular intervals while he was injured and gave him useful tips to recover from the same quickly.
“Virat bhai (Virat Kohli) immediately rushed towards me and asked ‘what happened?’. I told him – I won’t be able to continue. He saw my condition. I was tense and almost crying but Virat bhai’s words helped me handle that terrible situation. He spoke with Patrick Farhart (Indian cricket team physiotherapist) and then advised me to go back and relax,” Shardul mentioned. “He gave me confidence and said talk to me after the day’s play. After the match, Virat bhai came to ask me about my injury. He said ‘these things are normal for an athlete’. He is in touch with me. He calls me regularly and gives me tips for a quick recovery,” Shardul added.