India’s dynamic all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, recently faced an injury setback during a match against Bangladesh. The unfortunate incident occurred during a league game against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. While bowling, Pandya twisted his ankle while attempting to stop a powerful drive from Bangladesh’s Liton Das. The moment Pandya lost his balance and landed awkwardly on the pitch, concerns arose.
As Pandya attempted to recover and continue, it became apparent that his injury was more serious than initially thought. After delivering just three deliveries, two of which resulted in fours, he had to leave the field. The crowd fell into an uneasy silence as they witnessed their star all-rounder being escorted off the field.
Following the injury, Pandya was immediately taken for a scan, and the results were analyzed by the medical team. The verdict was not as bleak as initially feared, but it was clear that Pandya would need specialized care to recover fully. As a result, he is set to be rushed to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, where a specialist doctor from England will oversee his treatment.
“He will be heading to Bengaluru where he has been asked to report to the NCA. The medical team assessed his ankle scan report and it looks he will be fine by taking an injection. The BCCI consulted a specialist doctor in England and they too were of the similar opinion. He will be missing the next game,” a BCCI official said.
The treatment plan for Pandya includes the administration of injections, a measure endorsed by both the BCCI and the English specialist. This approach is expected to facilitate a faster recovery and ensure that Pandya is back in action soon.
While Pandya will miss the next game against New Zealand scheduled for October 22 in Dharamsala, there is optimism within the Indian team that he will rejoin them for the game against England. The medical assessment and treatment progress will determine when he can return to the field.
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Despite Pandya’s injury, there has been no talk of replacing him in the World Cup squad. This decision reflects the team’s confidence in his recovery and the hope that he will be back in action soon.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma, addressing the concerns about Pandya’s injury, stated, “He (Hardik) pulled up a bit sore, nothing really major to worry. We’ll see how he pulls up tomorrow morning and then plan on how to go forward.” Rohit’s assurance calmed the nerves of cricket fans who were concerned about Pandya’s absence.