Hardik Pandya suffers from injury concerns against Bangladesh

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Hardik Pandya suffers from injury concerns against Bangladesh – Gudstory

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India had a major injury scare when Hardik Pandya limped off the field with an ankle injury during their fourth league match of the World Cup against Bangladesh in Pune. Bowling for the first time – the ninth over during Bangladesh’s innings, Pandya appeared to twist his ankle while following through.

The physical therapist ran out immediately and worked on the ankle for several minutes. Pandya then tried to continue but was in too much pain to do so. At 2.59pm, an hour into the match, he went out for further treatment and Virat Kohli bowled the remaining three deliveries in the final over.

Apart from Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav, Pandya is arguably the irreplaceable player in India’s squad for the role he plays. He is good enough to play as a specialist batsman but his bowling gives India the sixth leg they desperately need. Pandya had bowled 16 overs in India’s first three matches in the World Cup and took five wickets.

Shardul Thakur, a specialist fast bowler, has only bowled eight overs in two matches, and Rohit Sharma would prefer to go for Pandya ahead of Thakur in this World Cup so far.

India have been cautious about whether Pandya will qualify for the World Cup precisely because of the balance he brings to the team. If he misses a match, India can only replace him for half the lot. Either Shardul Thakur bats at number 7 and they replace Pandya’s bowling or they bring in an extra batter and rely on the five bowlers to bowl 10 overs each.

With three wins in three matches, India are one of two unbeaten teams in this World Cup. After Bangladesh, their next match is in Dharamsala on Sunday against New Zealand, who are the only other unbeaten team in the tournament having registered four wins in four matches.


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