India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya sustained an untimely injury during the team’s fixture against the Bangladesh cricket team in Pune. Hardik Pandya tried to stop Litton Das’ straight drive with his right leg but ended up injuring himself in the follow-through. As it turned out, he hurt his left ankle and was wincing in pain.
The physios gave him temporary treatment on the field but Hardik Pandya didn’t look comfortable and was subsequently taken off the field as a precautionary measure. The all-rounder was then sent for scans and didn’t feature in India’s recently concluded fixture against the New Zealand cricket team in Dharamsala.
The Indian team management made changes to their playing XI by bringing in Suryakumar Yadav and Mohammed Shami. India got the better of New Zealand by four wickets with two overs to spare and registered five wins on the trot. Thus, India became the first and only team to win the first five games of this tournament.
Hardik Pandya is unlikely to play against England: BCCI official
Meanwhile, a top BCCI official, on the conditions of anonymity told CricketNext that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is unlikely to play against the England cricket team. Indian cricket team will lock horns with the England cricket team on October 29, Sunday at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.
“Yes, Hardik is likely to miss the next match vs England in Lucknow. It is more of a precaution at this stage and nothing serious,” a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told CricketNext. Team India got the better of Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and New Zealand to register five wins in a row.
Rightly so, they are on top of the ICC World Cup 2023 points table. On the other side of the coin, England’s performances in this edition’s World Cup have been far from appealing as they managed to win just once out of the four games they played so far.
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