Hardik Pandya – The Injury Saga
The all-rounder’s absence felt in the middle, but India remains hopeful for Hardik Pandya return.
In a concerning turn of events for Indian cricket fans, all-rounder Hardik Pandya is set to miss the upcoming World Cup matches against Sri Lanka and South Africa.
This decision comes as Pandya continues his recovery from an ankle injury sustained during the game against Bangladesh. The dynamic player hasn’t been on the field since October 19, and sources suggest that India is not in a hurry to rush his return. The team is eyeing his potential comeback for the final group game against the Netherlands on November 12.
Rohit Sharma Weighs In
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, in a recent interaction, shed light on Pandya’s condition.
“Whatever procedure he went through after the injury, it was very positive,” Rohit stated.
He further added that Pandya’s recovery is being monitored daily, emphasizing the team’s hope to see him back in action soon.
The Incident and Aftermath
Pandya’s injury occurred when he seemed to twist his left ankle while attempting to stop a shot during his bowling follow-through against Bangladesh. Post-injury, he underwent scans, which subsequently ruled him out of the match against New Zealand. Though initially expected to rejoin the squad for the game against England, a ligament injury kept him sidelined.
Currently, Pandya is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. In his absence, India fielded Suryakumar Yadav and brought in Mohammed Shami against New Zealand. While Suryakumar had a brief stint at the crease, Shami shone with a five-wicket haul, restricting New Zealand to under 300.
Team India’s Strategy
Despite Pandya’s absence, Team India has showcased its depth and versatility. They registered a convincing 100-run victory against England. Currently, sitting atop the points table, being the only unbeaten side in the tournament. With matches against Sri Lanka and South Africa lined up, India’s strategy will be keenly observed by fans and analysts alike.
While Hardik Pandya’s injury is undoubtedly a setback, Team India’s resilience and adaptability have been commendable. As the World Cup progresses, fans across the globe eagerly await updates on Pandya’s fitness and his potential return to the grand stage.