India’s star all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, has received the unfortunate news of being ruled out of the 2023 ODI World Cup due to a persistent ankle injury sustained during a match against Bangladesh on October 19th. This development has been officially confirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which revealed that the 30-year-old player’s recovery progress did not align with the remaining duration of the tournament.

Hardik Pandya’s World Cup Journey Cut Short Pandya’s ankle injury occurred when he twisted it and landed awkwardly during the match against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19. Subsequently, he had to exit the field and undergo immediate scans, leading to his exclusion from the remainder of that game. This unfortunate setback also meant his absence in India’s subsequent three matches against New Zealand, England, and Sri Lanka.

Hopes Dashed for Hardik Pandya’s Return Initially, the team management and Captain Rohit Sharma had expressed optimism regarding Hardik Pandya’s potential return. He had been actively undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), with the hope of being fit for the tournament’s semifinals. India secured their spot in the semifinals after a victorious encounter with Sri Lanka.

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However, Pandya’s recovery did not progress as anticipated, making him ineligible for participation in the remaining matches of the World Cup. The ICC made this announcement through an official statement, stating:

“Pandya suffered a left ankle injury while bowling in India’s World Cup match against Bangladesh in Pune last month. Regrettably, it has now been confirmed that the 30-year-old will not recover in time to participate in the remaining matches of the campaign.”

Prasidh Krishna Steps In as Replacement In response to the void left by Hardik Pandya, Prasidh Krishna has been named as his replacement in the squad. Prasidh Krishna recently made a comeback to international cricket after a year-long injury setback. With just 19 white-ball appearances for India, he was last seen representing the country on the international stage.

Hardik Pandya’s Heartfelt Message Following the disappointment of being ruled out of the 2023 World Cup, Hardik Pandya took to Twitter to share a heartfelt message with his fans. His tweet conveyed his emotions and his unwavering commitment to supporting the team:

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“It’s incredibly tough to come to terms with the fact that I won’t be able to participate in the remaining matches of the World Cup. However, I will be with the team in spirit, passionately cheering them on for every ball in every game. The outpouring of well-wishes, love, and support has been overwhelming. This team is truly special, and I have no doubt that they will make everyone proud. Love, always, HP ❤️🇮🇳”