In a big blow to India’s World Cup campaign, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the remainder of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 after sustaining an ankle injury during the India vs Bangladesh game.
Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna will replace Hardik Pandya in the 15-member India squad.
30-year-old Pandya has failed to recover in time for the rest of India’s campaign. He headed straight to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru after the injury on October 19. Hardik Pandya gutted after missing remainder of Cricket World Cup 2023 After being ruled out of the World Cup, Hardik took to social media platform X and wrote, it is tough for him to digest that he won’t be part of Indian team now.
ICC’s Event Technical Committee approved Krishna as Hardik Pandya’s replacement on Saturday. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 consists of Wasim Khan (ICC General Manager Cricket and ETC Chair), Chris Tetley (ICC Head of Events), Hemang Amin (Acting CEO – BCCI), Gaurav Saxena (General Manager Operations, BCCI), Russell Arnold and Simon Doull (Independent Representatives)
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*Source: ESPNcricinfoDoes Prasidh Krishna is apt replacement for Hardik Pandya? It came as a huge suprise for cricket fans as Prasidh Krishan was named Hardik Pandya’s replacement given Indian pace department led by Jasprit Bumrah has been doing exceptionally well. The India pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Shami have taken 38 wickets them in the seven matches played so far. Prasidh Krishna career stats
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Source: ESPNcricinfo How India will miss Hardik Pandya’s services in the world cup? Hardik Pandya gave India a third bowling option and in his absence if one of the five bowlers has a off day, then the opposition could target the sixth bowling option which could be Virat Kohli or any bowler. The biggest test for India will be the game against South Africa on Sunday (November 5). The hard-hitting batters of South Africa could come hard on India bowler and could exploit the lack of sixth bowling option.