• 19 October 2023
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Indian cricket fans and the national team were hit with a significant scare during the recent match against Bangladesh, potentially throwing a wrench into their plans for the 2023 World Cup. The cause for concern was Hardik Pandya, who had to leave the field due to an apparent ankle injury.

The clash between India and Bangladesh occurred during the group stage at the MCA Stadium in Pune. Pandya was brought on to bowl in the 9th over of Bangladesh’s innings but struggled, conceding two consecutive fours to Litton Das. The second four was a straight drive that Hardik attempted to stop with his right foot during his follow-through. Unfortunately, he couldn’t prevent the ball’s progress and ended up slipping. It was evident that Pandya had overstretched himself in his effort to halt the ball, raising questions about the extent of his injury.

In discomfort, Pandya hobbled and then went down on the ground, prompting the team’s physio to rush in for treatment. Following a brief assessment, Hardik Pandya made an attempt to bowl but quickly realized that the pain was too severe to continue, opting not to risk exacerbating the injury. This prompted Virat Kohli, the team’s captain, to take up the bowling duties for the remaining three balls of the over, marking his first appearance as a bowler in an ODI cricket match since 2017.

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The Indian fans and the team’s management now anxiously await updates on the severity of Hardik Pandya’s injury. He is considered an indispensable part of the team, offering a unique set of skills that are challenging to replace, not only within the squad but in the broader cricket landscape.

Worried Indian cricket fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns about Hardik Pandya’s ankle injury during the game against Bangladesh.