Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has expressed his deep disappointment as he grapples with the harsh reality of being unable to contribute to India’s campaign in the ongoing 2023 World Cup due to an ankle injury.

On the morning before India’s scheduled match against South Africa, it was officially confirmed that Hardik Pandya would be sidelined for the remainder of the 2023 World Cup due to a ligament injury he sustained during the match against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19.

In response to this setback, the team management and selectors have chosen fast bowler Prasidh Krishna as the replacement for Hardik Pandya.

Taking to Twitter, Hardik Pandya shared his frustration and disappointment at missing out on the rest of the World Cup. As India’s vice-captain and a pivotal player providing balance to the team, the 30-year-old expressed his commitment to supporting the squad from afar. He extended his gratitude to his fans for their unwavering support and offered his assurance that he would be cheering for the team throughout the tournament.

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Hardik Pandya’s tweet read: “It’s incredibly challenging to accept that I won’t be able to participate in the remaining matches of the World Cup. I’ll be there with the team in spirit, passionately supporting every ball of every game. The outpouring of well-wishes, love, and support has been overwhelming. This team is truly special, and I have no doubt they will make everyone proud. Love, always, HP.”

Pandya had sustained his injury in Pune while attempting to stop a straight drive from Litton Das. After leaving the field for medical assessments, he was unable to participate in the match. Subsequently, he traveled to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) initially hoped for his recovery in time for the semi-final, it was ultimately decided that he would not be fit to play. Hardik Pandya will continue his rehabilitation at the NCA.

In place of Hardik Pandya, Prasidh Krishna, a tall and lanky fast bowler representing the Rajasthan Royals, has been included in India’s squad. Prasidh, who made his One Day International (ODI) debut in 2021, has an impressive record, having taken 29 wickets in 17 ODIs with an average of 25 and a best bowling performance of 4/12.

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