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Hardik's ankle injury: No major damage, says Rohit

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Last updated on: October 20, 2023 00:13 IST
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IMAGE: Hardik Pandya limped off in the middle of his first over. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

In a major injury scare for India, star all-rounder Hardik Pandya hobbled off the field after twisting his ankle while bowling his first over in a World Cup match against Bangladesh, in Pune  on Thursday.

Pandya suffered the injury during the third delivery of the ninth over when he attempted to stop a straight drive from Bangladesh opener Litton Das with his right foot in his follow-through.


He twisted his ankle as the ball passed under his leg and he stumbled to the ground.

On air, former England captain Nasser Hussain confirmed that Pandya will not be taking the field for the remainder of Bangladesh innings.

'Hardik taken for scans'

A little later, BCCI in it medical update, said: "Hardik Pandya's injury is being assessed at the moment and he is being taken for scans".

Pandya felt discomfort from the moment he stood up before getting his right ankle strapped, resulting in a long delay. He hobbled towards his bowling mark before realising that he could not carry on and walked off the field.

Suryakumar Yadav came in as the substitute fielder.

After the match, India skipper Rohit Sharma said the all-rounder has not suffered any major injury but was non-committal on his participation in the next game on Sunday against New Zealand in Dharamsala.

"He (Pandya) pulled up a bit sore. There is no major damage, that is good for us. But honestly with an injury like that, we have to assess every day and we hope that he pulls up well tomorrow morning and then we will do whatever is required," Rohit said after the match.

He has been used as the first change option ahead of Shardul Thakur. With India's top order firing, Pandya has not had much to do at number six but his batting skills are as important as his seam bowling.

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