Shardul Thakur sidelined for six-seven weeks, unlikely for Australia Tests
Shardul Thakur injured himself on day one of his Test debut. @AFP

India pace bowler Shardul Thakur faces six to seven weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a right adductor tendon injury during his Test debut earlier this month, which all but rules him out of the T20Is and Test matches in Australia.

When contacted by CricketCountry, Thakur confirmed that he was out for at least six weeks on account of rehabilitation. The injury is not very serious, but I ll be out of action for the next six to seven weeks. I will be undergoing rehabilitation at my home in Palghar, he said.

On October 12, the day of his Test debut versus West Indies in Hyderabad, Thakur was forced off the field after 10 deliveries with an ankle injury. The BCCI later confirmed that the 27-year-old had been sent for scans and would not return to take the field.Thakur batted during India s only innings of the Test but did not bowl again.

He was subsequently ruled out of the ODI series versus West Indies. Thakur has played five ODIs and seven T20Is in an India career that began in August 2017.

India start the tour of Australia with three T20Is from November 21, and the first Test begins December 6. Thakur could foreseeably make the ODI squad for the three-game series starting January 12.

Thakur had flown home from the Asia Cup with hip and groin soreness last month.