All-rounder Hardik Pandya is set to remain sidelined for at least an additional two months due to the ankle injury sustained during a World Cup league match against Bangladesh, where he tried to stop a ball off his own bowling.
Sources indicate that Pandya will be absent from the upcoming T20I series against Australia at home and is likely to miss three T20Is and three ODIs in South Africa.
The Baroda all-rounder encountered the injury while attempting to stop a shot from Bangladesh opener Liton Das, losing his balance and dragging his right boot on landing. Following the incident, Pandya was visibly uncomfortable, prompting his removal from the ongoing World Cup.
For Pandya’s replacement, the tournament’s Event Technical Committee approved seamer Prasidh Krishna, who has made a comeback after a prolonged injury layoff. Krishna, aged 27, boasts 17 ODIs for India and has secured 29 wickets.