- Hardik Pandya is expected to miss two games due to an ankle injury.
- India has been undefeated in the World Cup with six wins in six matches.
- Mohammad Shami has stepped up in Pandya’s absence.
The 30-year-old Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is expected to miss games against Sri Lanka and South Africa at the ICC World Cup 2023 as he continues to heal from an ankle injury he sustained against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19, as per cricketing media.
Since then, Pandya has missed India’s games against England and New Zealand, but the Blues haven’t missed the all-rounder because Mohammad Shami has taken nine wickets in two matches to replace him.
Despite being in perfect form, Rohit Sharma is unlikely to rush one of his most important players in the closing stages of the round matches because India would need Pandya because he contributes equally with the bat and the ball. India is the only undefeated team in the mega event with six wins in six matches and one step closer to the semi-final.
Pandya has been receiving therapy and rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru ever since he twisted his ankle in Pune, and he is probably going to take his time getting better.
India may replace the all-rounder with a number of players. As a specialist middle-order, Suryakumar Yadav entered the playing XI. The right-handed unconventional batsman did not let his team down, scoring 49 runs in 47 balls against England to lead the hosts to a respectable 229 total that Sharma’s team successfully defended.
India’s next match is against Sri Lanka on November 2 in Mumbai. On November 5, they play South Africa in Kolkata. On November 12 in Bengaluru, they will play their final match in the big event’s round-robin round against the Netherlands.
India is the only team in the World Cup to have not let up 300 runs, even though the majority of the games have been played in batting-friendly conditions. This is noteworthy because, although they have long been known as an outstanding batting side, they have also surpassed expectations with their bowling.
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