ICC World Cup 2023: Hardik Pandya still In Doubt Ahead Of India's Clash Against England In Lucknow
Hardik Pandya, India's important all-rounder, is likely to miss the upcoming World Cup match against England on October 29 in Lucknow.
The development is a result of Pandya's unfortunate left ankle injury during India's match against Bangladesh. This injury caused him to be absent from the high-profile clash against New Zealand.
According to a statement from the BCCI, Hardik Pandya, the vice-captain of Team India, injured his left ankle while fielding during India's match against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Although the injury is not deemed serious, the Indian team management has decided to take a cautious approach towards Pandya's recovery. A BCCI official commented on the situation, stating that the team management is prioritising Pandya's long-term fitness over a quick return to the playing XI.
Yes, it is likely that Hardik will miss the upcoming match against England in Lucknow. According to a BCCI official, it is currently more of a precautionary measure and not a serious concern.
Hardik Pandya was advised by the medical team of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to rest and therefore did not travel with the squad to Dharamsala for the match against New Zealand.
The decision to sit out was made in order to prioritise his full recovery, free from the pressure of a demanding match schedule.
The all-rounder underwent scans and has been advised to rest. According to a statement from the BCCI, he will be continuously monitored by the BCCI Medical Team.
The statement mentioned that he will not be taking the flight to Dharamsala with the team on October 20th. Instead, he will be joining the team directly in Lucknow, where India will be playing against England.
Despite the injury, India's performance in the ICC World Cup 2023 has been commendable. Led by Rohit Sharma, the team has not experienced a single defeat in the tournament and has showcased an outstanding all-around performance.
During the match against New Zealand, India made two strategic changes in response to Pandya's absence. Mohammed Shami and Suryakumar Yadav were brought in to strengthen the playing XI, while Shardul Thakur remained on the bench.
The alteration proved to be a brilliant move, as Mohammed Shami made a remarkable comeback to the playing XI by taking a stunning five-wicket haul. Although Suryakumar Yadav was run out early in the innings, it turned out to be a dream outing for Shami and the entire Indian team.