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Umesh Yadav replaces Shardul Thakur for the first two ODIs against Windies
By Sandy - Oct 16, 2018 8:33 pm
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Indian pacer Umesh Yadav has replaced Shardul Thakur in the first two ODIs of the five-match home ODI series against Windies, starting from October 21.

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Umesh Yadav replaces Shardul Thakur for the first two ODIs in the home ODI series against Windies

The 26-year-old right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur suffered a groin injury on the opening day of his debutant Test match, which was the recent second and final Test of the series against Windies at Hyderabad (Deccan). He delivered only 10 balls before getting hurt in that injury and returned to the dressing room.

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Shardul Thakur going off the field

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He didn’t come to bowl again in that game. However, he came to bat during India’s first innings and remained unbeaten on 4 runs, while he put an important 28-run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin for the final wicket.

But Thakur will not able to play the upcoming entire ODI series due to his groin injury. However, it was not the first time when he suffered this injury. Before that Test series, Thakur featured in Asia Cup 2018 in UAE that was played in last month. After their opening game of the tournament against Hong Kong in Group A, Thakur suffered the groin injury and later, he was ruled out from the entire tournament.

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Shardul Thakur

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Now, the 30-year-old Umesh Yadav has replaced him in the upcoming first two ODIs of the five-match ODI series. Yadav is currently in the brilliant form with the ball in hand as he claimed his first 10-wicket haul in Test career during the recent Hyderabad (Deccan) game, where the debutant Thakur received that groin injury.

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Umesh Yadav

The right-arm fast bowler Yadav played his last ODI against England at the Lord’s on July 14, 2018 (second ODI of the three-match ODI series in England tour). Making his ODI debut in 2010, Yadav has played 73 ODIs where he has picked up 105 wickets.

Full Indian squad for first two ODIs: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav