An ankle injury has kept India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya out of the current Cricket World Cup 2023, the International Cricket Council announced on Saturday. On October 19, during India’s encounter against Bangladesh at the MCA Stadium in Pune, Hardik twisted his ankle. In India’s matches against England, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand, he did not participate.
As a replacement for Hardik, bowler Prasidh Krishna has been added to the team by the ICC Event Technical Committee.
“India’s unbeaten start to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup has received a massive hit with news that star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has failed to recover from his ankle injury and will miss the remainder of the tournament,” the ICC said in a statement.
“His place in India’s squad will be taken by Prasidh Krishna, with the inexperienced fast bowler parachuted into the playing group after being approved by the tournament’s Event Technical Committee on Saturday,” ICC’s statement added.
Wasim Khan (ICC General Manager – Cricket and ETC Chair), Chris Tetley (ICC Head of Events), Hemang Amin (Acting CEO – BCCI), Gaurav Saxena (General Manager – Operations, BCCI), Russell Arnold, and Simon Doull (Independent Representatives) make up the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
India defeated Sri Lanka by 302 runs earlier this week to go to the Cricket World Cup semifinals. India bowled Sri Lanka out for a meager total of 55 after registering a massive total of 357/8.
With seven points from seven games, India leads the points standings. On Sunday, they play South Africa, who are ranked second.
India’s 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup squad has been updated:
Shubman Gill, Khuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Rohit Sharma (C).