Pandya suffered an ankle injury during India’s match against Bangladesh on October 19 when he attempted to block a shot with his foot while bowling.This incident led to his absence in subsequent matches against England, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka.
The star all-rounder took to social media to express his emotion and to extend his support for the team in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup.
“Tough to digest the fact that I will miss out on the remaining part of the World Cup. I’ll be with the team, in spirit, cheering them on every ball of every game. Thanks for all the wishes, the love, and the support has been incredible. This team is special and I’m sure we’ll make everyone proud. Love, always, HP,” Hardik posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Before his injury, Pandya had been a valuable asset, contributing significantly with both bat and ball in the tournament, picking up five wickets in India’s first three matches.
In response to Pandya’s absence, Prasidh Krishna has been selected as his replacement. The pace bowler has played 17 one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches for India, accumulating 33 wickets overall. Krishna will now be competing for a spot in India’s pace lineup alongside notable names like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj.
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Despite the setback of Pandya’s injury, India have performed admirably in the World Cup, winning all seven of their matches. They currently lead the tournament standings and have secured a spot in the semi-finals. Their next challenge is against second-placed South Africa in Kolkata on Sunday.