India’s cricket team is set to continue without the services of Hardik Pandya, as recent updates indicate that the all-rounder will likely only be available for the last two World Cup league matches against South Africa and the Netherlands on November 5. It is improbable that Pandya will rejoin the team before the game against England in Lucknow.
As per information obtained by The Indian Express, Pandya has yet to resume bowling activities following his ankle injury, which he sustained during the India vs. Bangladesh match in Pune last week.
The medical team is allowing more time for his recovery at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, with expectations of him rejoining the Indian squad in either Mumbai or Kolkata.
Although Pandya’s injury is not considered serious, the team management is taking a cautious approach and refraining from rushing his return to the field.
The team management is adopting a cautious approach and prefers not to rush Pandya back into action. They are keen on ensuring he is in peak physical condition for the crucial semifinal matches.
India’s impressive winning streak in this World Cup has amplified the importance of having a fully fit Pandya for the latter stages of the tournament.
Due to his injury, Pandya did not travel with the team to Dharamshala and instead received a recommendation for rest from the medical team of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It is expected that he will rejoin the team in advance of their match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.
India claimed victory in their recent match against New Zealand, sustaining their winning streak and subsequently enjoying a two-day break in the picturesque hilly city.
As previously reported on October 23, the Indian cricket team will extend their stay in Dharamshala for an additional two days before resuming their World Cup campaign.
On October 25, Rohit Sharma and his team will set off for Lucknow in preparation for their encounter with England.