Indian cricket team faces setback in World Cup

Indian cricket team faces setback in World Cup

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya will reportedly miss Sunday’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against England at Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

Hardik Pandya, 30, twisted his ankle last Thursday during the game against Bangladesh in Pune and limped off the field in pain.

He missed Sunday’s clash against New Zealand which India won by four wickets to maintain their 100 percent record and move closer to the semi-finals.

“It looks like (Pandya) has suffered a minor ligament tear which usually takes at least two weeks to heal,” the Times of India said Thursday, citing a source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

A medical team at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru is monitoring the player and “will not release him before his injury heals,” it added.

The BCCI did not respond to a request from AFP to confirm the reports.

Hosts India top of the standings after winning all five matches so far. After England, they face Sri Lanka in Mumbai on November 2.

Hardik Pandya took five wickets in his four appearances in the tournament and scored 11 runs. APP/AFP