Hardik Pandya removed from ODI due to ankle injury

Hardik Pandya, India’s allrounder, has been ruled out of the ODI World Cup due to an ankle injury sustained against Bangladesh on October 19. Prasidh Krishna, India’s fast bowler, has taken his place in the squad.

Pandya appeared to twist his left ankle last month while trying to stop a shot in his follow-through during his first over against Bangladesh. He did not return to the game and was taken for scans. Hardik Pandya suffered ligament damage and is being treated at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Prasidh, who has 29 wickets in 17 One-Day Internationals, last played for India in two ODIs against Australia before the World Cup. In those games, he took three wickets, and he also took five wickets for Karnataka in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Hardik Pandya is seen walking with an assistant to the bench after suffering an injury

Prasidh had made his comeback from a long layoff due to a stress fracture in his back when India toured Ireland in August, and he was also a member of India’s Asia Cup squad, though he was mostly on the bench and only played one game against Bangladesh.

Following a 302-run victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai, India became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals with seven wins in seven games. Their next match, against South Africa, on Sunday in Kolkata, could determine who finishes first in the points table before their final league match against the Netherlands on November 12 in Bengaluru.

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