Shardul Thakur. (Source: BCCI)

Shardul Thakur became the first India cricketer to resume outdoor training as he started practicing at his home ground in Palghar on 23 May, after a gap of two months.

Thakur has featured in One Test, 11ODIs,and 15 T/20s for India with moderate success.He is hoping to cement his place in the near future.

Palghar Dahanu sports association started nets after Home Ministry relaxed restrictions for the fourth phase of the lockdown.The Maharashtra govt directed that stadiums in orange and green zones could be opened but without spectators and after following Social distancing Norms.

Thakur hit the practice at a local ground at Palghar with a few domestic players. He said ,”it was pleasing to practice after a gap of 2 months.”

Strict safety protocols were enforced with Temperature of all players comming to the ground being checked prior to entry, and each bowler getting his own set of disinfected balls to practice with.

Mumbai Cricket council member Ajinkya Naik said “Training process got underway as soon as guidelines were received from District Collector. Due to availability of fantastic facility at Palghar district, we were able to facilitate much-needed training program for our esteemed players and also ensuring adherence of social distancing and safety guidelines issued by the Government.

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