Hardik Pandya suffers ligament tear; likely to miss more World Cup games

Hardik Pandya on retaining Vice-captain for Asia Cup
Hardik Pandya (Image: BCCI)

With reference to the report from NCA, Hardik Pandya will likely miss more games in the World Cup 2023.

Hardik Pandya suffers ligament tear

Hardik Pandya sustained an ankle injury during the match against Bangladesh at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. He just bowled three balls in the match and could not play anymore. He was taken for scans which revealed nothing serious, but the fall made his ankle swollen.

He missed the match against New Zealand where India won by four wickets on October 22. With his return expected for the match against England, the National Cricket Academy gave an update on the player’s conditions to the media.

The swelling on his ankle has subsided but he hasn’t bowled yet and will be under medication for some time. While he was expected to play in the last two matches of the knockout stages, he underwent a test on Thursday.

With reference to medical reports, NCA has learned that Hardik Pandya had a Grade 1 Ligament tear in his ankle during the Bangladesh in Pune on October 19.

“The medical team under Nitin Patel is monitoring him at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. But the injury looks a bit more serious than what was first perceived.

It looks like he has suffered a minor ligament tear which usually takes at least two weeks to heal. The NCA will not release him before his injury heals. The medical team has communicated to the team management that they are hopeful of putting him back on the pitch soon,” a BCCI source told media.

“The team doesn’t want to bring in a replacement. It’s ready to wait for Pandya.

Indian team is against rushing the allrounder back into the squad. He will be not available for the upcoming match against England. He will also miss the matches against Sri Lanka and South Africa which are scheduled in the first week of November.

This left the all-rounder Hardik very disappointed and worried about his absence from India’s upcoming matches.

“The team is currently comfortably placed in the tournament. Hardik will most likely stay back at NCA to do his rehab rather than travel with the team right now. The current situation is such that a call on Hardik’s involvement for the rest of the tournament will be taken next week.

His return to play will have to be carefully charted. His fragile foundation makes the recovery longer than a lot of other players who have greater muscle mass. If need be, he is ready to take injections and play in the business end of the tournament.

Anyway, if Hardik isn’t bowling at full tilt, it doesn’t really make such a big difference to the composition,” the source said.

India will be playing their next World Cup match against England on October 29 at Ekana sports stadium, Lucknow.