Indian skipper Rohit Sharma recently provided an update on all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Sharma noted that Pandya’s recuperation at the National Cricket Academy has gone “very well.” Hardik Pandya sustained an ankle injury against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19, which prevented him from playing in India’s final two World Cup 2023 matches.
When Hardik Pandya left for the NCA in Bengaluru on October 22, he was first declared ineligible for India’s match against New Zealand in Dharamsala. Although Hardik’s stay at the NCA was prolonged, he was supposed to join the team before their highly anticipated match against England in Lucknow. In the end, it came out that Hardik had a slight ankle tear and required extra time to recover.
Speaking to the press on the eve of India’s World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai, Rohit Sharma revealed that the team management is assessing Hardik Pandya’s injury on a daily basis, saying the nature of injury demands more time.
“It’s been very positive, I can’t call it rehab. But whatever he has gone through, the procedures at the NCA, it’s been quite positive,” Rohit said confirming that Hardik won’t be available for selection against Sri Lanka on November 2.
“But it’s that kind of an injury where we have to see every day how much he has recovered and how many percent fit he is. We have to constantly monitor how much he is bowling and how much he is batting. On a day-to-day basis, we have to take that call because, in the World Cup, there is a match every 3-4 days. We are looking into that as well. With the way his recovery is progressing, we will hopefully see him on the field soon. That’s all I can say now,” he added.
Hardik is unlikely to play the next game against South Africa in Kolkata on November 5 and is likely to return before India play the Netherlands in Bengaluru on November 11.