Indian cricket team star and all-rounder Hardik Pandya had to leave the pitch in pain during their 2023 ODI World Cup clash against Bangladesh on Thursday.
In his very first over with the ball, Pandya twisted his ankle while trying to stop a boundary by Liton Das.
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He had bowled just three deliveries before going down on the ground in excruciating pain. Pandya was initially treated on the ground before he limped off to the pavilion.
Another star Indian batter Virat Kohli took it upon himself to complete the remainder of the ninth over which Pandya left halfway.
The Gujarat Titans skipper is likely to miss the next game against New Zealand. He is set to receive medical treatment at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, where a specialist doctor from England will oversee his condition and might potentially use injections.
“He will be heading to Bengaluru where he has been asked to report to the NCA. The medical team assessed his ankle scan report and it looks he will be fine by taking an injection. The BCCI consulted a specialist doctor in England and they too were of the similar opinion. He will be missing the next game,” a BCCI official said.
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The Indian team is optimistic that Pandya will recover in time to join them in Lucknow and be available to play in the upcoming game against England.
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Hardik Pandya’s injury is being assessed at the moment and he is being taken for scans.
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After taking on Bangladesh, India next face in-form New Zealand on Sunday in the 2023 World Cup.
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Ritabrata Banerjee is a content producer for The Sporting News' India edition.