Hardik Pandya will be missed by India as the all-round player will only be available for the final two World Cup league matches against South Africa on November 5 and the Netherlands. Pandya is not expected to be included in the squad before the England match in Lucknow.
The Indian Express is aware that Pandya hasn’t started bowling since suffering an ankle injury during last week’s India vs. Bangladesh match in Pune. The medical staff at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore will give him a few more days to heal. He is anticipated to report to Mumbai or Kolkata to join the Indian squad.
The management of the Indian squad hopes he will be fully healthy for the final two games and does not want to rush him. The management of the Indian team, which is leading this World Cup, wants Pandya to be fully fit for the semifinals.
After missing the October 22 match against New Zealand in Dharamsala, Pandya was taken by ambulance to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, where he received the necessary injections from an English specialist physician. Pandya’s original expectation to join the Indian team in Lucknow has now been modified.
“Team India vice-captain Hardik Pandya sustained an injury to his left ankle while fielding on his own bowling during India’s match against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The all-rounder was taken for scans and is advised rest. He will be under the constant supervision of the BCCI Medical Team,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in its statement.
After stopping a shot by Bangladesh’s Liton Das with his right foot, the medium pacer hobbled off while still bowling. The physio strapped his ankle, stopping play for over five minutes. Pandya is an essential member of the team because of his elite skill set, which includes his ability to clear the ropes, pick up challenging bouncers, and surprise big balls. He also contributes significantly to the playing XI’s equilibrium.