Hardik Pandya, the dynamic all-rounder of the Indian cricket team, is poised to miss India’s upcoming World Cup encounter against England in Lucknow, scheduled for October 29. This development arises from Pandya’s ongoing recovery from an ankle injury he sustained during the match against Bangladesh in Pune. Notably, Pandya was conspicuously absent in the team’s recent clash against New Zealand in Dharamsala.

While it has been confirmed that Pandya’s injury is not of a severe nature, the team management is exercising caution, refraining from rushing the talented player back into action. A prominent BCCI official revealed, “Yes, Hardik is likely to miss the next match vs England in Lucknow. It is more of a precaution at this stage and nothing serious.”

For the Indian cricket team, the ongoing World Cup campaign has been nothing short of near perfection. They have maintained an unblemished record, winning all their matches, and have demonstrated proficiency in all facets of the game.

In the absence of Pandya, the team underwent two crucial changes for the New Zealand encounter. Mohammed Shami and Suryakumar Yadav were drafted into the Playing XI, with Shardul Thakur assuming a spot on the bench.

This alteration proved to be a masterstroke, as Mohammed Shami made a resounding comeback, achieving a remarkable five-wicket haul. Suryakumar Yadav, though unfortunate to be run out early in his innings, witnessed a dream outing for Shami and the entire Men in Blue, reaffirming the depth and versatility within the Indian squad.

As the World Cup unfolds, Indian fans will be keenly observing the team’s performance and how the absence of Hardik Pandya influences their journey in this prestigious tournament. The prudent decision to allow Pandya adequate time to recuperate underscores the team’s commitment to long-term success and player well-being.

By Ritik Sharma

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