Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has suffered an ankle injury during the ICC Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh at Pune’s MCA Stadium on Thursday.
The match between India and Bangladesh had begun with Bangladesh making a strong start. Pandya, known for his prowess as a pace-bowling all-rounder, was introduced into the attack in the ninth over. However, he faced a challenging situation as Litton Das, the Bangladeshi batsman, struck two consecutive boundaries off Pandya’s deliveries in the second and third balls of the over.
While attempting to stop the second boundary, Pandya used his right leg to halt the ball’s progress but unfortunately slipped and twisted his ankle in the process. The injury visibly caused him pain, and he received immediate medical attention. His left leg was attended to, and his ankle was taped. Despite a brief practice run, Pandya was unable to continue and had to leave the field.
Virat Kohli, the star batter and captain, took up the responsibility to complete Pandya’s over, an unusual occurrence as Kohli rarely bowls, regardless of the format.
Hardik Pandya’s fitness holds immense significance for India’s World Cup campaign. As a dynamic pace-bowling all-rounder, he not only provides support to the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami/Shardul Thakur but also contributes crucial wickets. With the bat, Pandya, batting at number six, possesses the ability to anchor the innings or unleash power-hitting as per the situation.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) provided an update to concerned fans through their official social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), stating, “Hardik Pandya’s injury is being assessed at the moment, and he is being taken for scans.”
In the ongoing World Cup, Pandya has taken five wickets and had the opportunity to bat only once, scoring an unbeaten 11* against Australia.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto(c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.