NEW DELHI: There is a serious doubt over all-rounder Hardik Pandya‘s availability for India’s next match in the ICC World Cup 2023 against New Zealand in Dharamsala on Sunday.
The ankle injury Hardik suffered during the match against Bangladesh in Pune on Thursday is unlikely to recover in time for the next match, and the team management is understandably not willing to take any chance, especially because Hardik’s all-round skills will be crucial for the hosts deeper into the tournament.

The seam-up all-rounder injured his left ankle while trying to stop a straight drive from Litton Das with his foot in his follow-through. He received on-field treatment and had his ankle taped up by the physio after application of pain-relieving spray, but it did not provide any relief and he had to leave the field.
Virat Kohli came on to bowl the three remaining deliveries to complete the 9th over of Bangladesh innings.
It has been reported that Hardik will be moved to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for treatment.

On Thursday night, after India’s seven-wicket win over Bangladesh, skipper Rohit Sharma shared an encouraging update on Hardiks’ injury.
“He pulled up a bit sore, but nothing really major to worry. We’ll see how he pulls up tomorrow (Friday) morning and then plan on how to go forward,” Rohit had said.
According to reports, Hardik is likely to be out of action for at least a week.

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