India’s flawless start to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup has been dealt a significant blow with the announcement that star all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be absent for the remainder of the tournament due to his lingering ankle injury.
Pandya sustained the left ankle injury while bowling during India’s World Cup match against Bangladesh in Pune last month. It has now been confirmed that the 30-year-old has not made a sufficient recovery to continue his participation in the campaign.
Prasidh Krishna Comes in as Replacement as Hardik Pandya Ruled Out of World Cup 2023
To fill Pandya’s spot in the Indian squad, Prasidh Krishna has been called up. The relatively inexperienced fast bowler has been added to the playing group following approval by the tournament’s Event Technical Committee on Saturday. Krishna, who has only made 19 white-ball appearances for India, was last seen in international action when he secured the prized wicket of David Warner, registering figures of 1/45 from nine overs against Australia just before the World Cup.
While Krishna has demonstrated promise in the past with 33 international wickets, he faces tough competition from the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj for a place in India’s pace attack.
With the Event Technical Committee’s approval of India’s replacement player on Saturday, Krishna is eligible for selection in the crucial World Cup clash against fellow tournament leader South Africa, scheduled for Sunday.
India and South Africa are currently holding the top two positions in the World Cup standings, and the victor of Sunday’s match in Kolkata will be well-positioned to finish the group stage of the tournament in first place.
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