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ICC World Cup 2023: Is Hardik Pandya ruled out for India’s upcoming matches? Rohit Sharma shares big update

Hardik Pandya had to withdraw from the India vs Bangladesh match due to an ankle injury.

India's Hardik Pandya receives medical treatment after being injured during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between India and Bangladesh in Pune, India, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)Premium
India's Hardik Pandya receives medical treatment after being injured during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between India and Bangladesh in Pune, India, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Hardik Pandya was forced to leave India's match against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune owing to an ankle injury. Rohit Sharma revealed Pandya's condition after the game.

While he clarified that the injury was minor, the Indian skipper stressed that ongoing assessments would be necessary. He expressed that injuries like these need to be monitored daily. The situation was downplayed by Sharma, assuring fans and pundits alike that no major damage had occurred to the dynamic all-rounder.

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“There is no major damage, that is good for us. But obviously, with an injury like that, we have to assess every day and we will do whatever is required," ANI quoted Sharma as saying.

“All of us in the squad have gone through such pressure - crowds coming in big numbers. It is special for us. The crowd has not disappointed us and I am pretty sure it is going to get bigger and louder moving forward," he added.

Pandya's injury took place during the ninth over of the game. Pandya lost his footing while attempting to intercept a shot from Bangladeshi batsman Litton Das. He slipped awkwardly, placing strain on his left ankle. He looked in pain, prompting an immediate response from the medical team on the ground.

Virat Kohli asked to bowl

But, the twist came when, in an unusual decision, Rohit Sharma called upon Virat Kohli to bowl the rest of the over. Kohli was summoned to finish the over. Delivering three balls and giving away only two runs, Kohli's brief stint was his first in the 50-over format in six years.

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India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets, but the consequences of Pandya's fitness are still to be completely grasped. With each match carrying substantial weight, his condition will be closely watched in the run-up to India's next major match against New Zealand.

(With ANI inputs)

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and sports. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Published: 20 Oct 2023, 01:30 PM IST
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