In a significant development, India’s cricket fraternity and its fans were met with somber news as star all-rounder Hardik Pandya was ruled out of the remainder of the 2023 ODI World Cup on November 4 (Saturday).

Replacing Hardik, the Indian team has included the right-arm fast bowler, the renowned Krishna. Hardik’s struggles with a complete recovery have proven unsuccessful, and at this time, he needs more time for rehabilitation.

Hardik Pandya injured his ankle on his follow-through against Bangladesh  •  ICC via Getty Images

Hardik Pandya’s Injury:

Both the players and the fans of the Indian team were left with grim faces as Hardik limped off the field during the ODI World Cup match against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 19 (Thursday). The incident occurred in his first over of bowling when the Indian all-rounder attempted to stop the ball with his foot and slipped. During an awkward attempt to save, Hardik tended to his left leg and ankle, but with visible agony from the injury, he was seen leaving the field for treatment. Having bowled just three balls and conceded two boundaries, Hardik returned to the dressing room.

In the eleventh hour, the renowned Krishna, well-known in this position, will step in for the outgoing player in the Indian team, as accepted by the Technical Committee of the tournament held on Saturday. With 19 appearances for India, he was present only in white-ball matches, claiming an important wicket of Australia’s David Warner with figures of 1/45 in 9 overs, just before the World Cup.

Despite promising performances with 33 international wickets, Krishna will have to contend with the pace set by established pacers such as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj for India’s progress.

India and South Africa are currently vying for the top two spots in the World Cup standings, resulting in intense competition.

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