Shardul Thakur successfully undergoes surgery in London, to be out of action for 3 months

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Shardul Thakur

Indian cricket has been dealt a significant blow as all-rounder Shardul Thakur has undergone foot surgery in London. The surgery took place on Wednesday, 12 June 2024. This marks a challenging period for Thakur, who is now expected to be out of competitive cricket for at least three months.

Shardul Thakur’s Surgery

Thakur’s surgery comes after his participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, where he represented the Chennai Super Kings. Despite his best efforts, Thakur managed only five wickets in nine games for the team, with an economy rate of 9.75. These statistics, while not reflective of Thakur’s potential, hinted at the struggles he was facing due to his recurring foot injury.

This surgery is not Thakur’s first encounter with foot injuries. He had undergone a similar surgery five years back in 2019. The injury recurred during the South Africa tour earlier this year. Despite the setback, Thakur made a bold return in the Ranji Trophy last season, helping Mumbai win its 42nd title.

Thakur’s absence from the cricket field for the next three months will undoubtedly impact the dynamics of the Indian cricket team. As an all-rounder, Thakur brought a unique balance to the team, contributing both with the bat and the ball. His aggressive lower-order batting and effective seam bowling have often turned the tide in India’s favour in crucial matches.

Thakur’s treatment expenses were covered by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as he is a Grade C annual contract holder. This support from the board highlights the importance of player welfare and the measures taken to ensure their health and fitness.

While there is no official word on Thakur’s comeback, sources suggest that it will take around three months for him to get back to training. Therefore, chances are he could be back before or right on time for the upcoming domestic season.

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