Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the upcoming match against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 due to an ankle injury.
Pandya sustained the injury during India’s previous match against Bangladesh. He bowled two overs in the match before leaving the field.
The extent of Pandya’s injury is not yet known, but he is expected to miss at least the next match.
Pandya’s absence is a major blow to India. He is a key player in the team’s batting and bowling lineup. He has scored 186 runs and taken 12 wickets in the tournament so far.
India will be hoping that Pandya is fit to return for the knockout stages of the World Cup.
In the meantime, India will have to find a replacement for Pandya in the team. Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur are the likely contenders to replace Pandya in the team.
The absence of Hardik Pandya is a major setback for India. He is a versatile player who can contribute with both bat and ball. In the absence of Pandya, India will have to find a way to balance their batting and bowling lineups.
Deepak Chahar is a like-for-like replacement for Pandya. He is a bowling all-rounder who can bat in the middle order. Chahar has been in good form in recent months, and he will be looking to make a mark in the World Cup.
Shardul Thakur is another option for India. He is a seam bowler who can bat in the lower order. Thakur is a known wicket-taker, and he could be a valuable asset to India in the middle overs.
The absence of Pandya will also put more pressure on India’s other batsmen. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli will need to score big runs in order to compensate for the loss of Pandya’s batting.
Despite the setback, India will still be confident of their chances against New Zealand. They have a strong team with a good mix of experience and youth. If they can play to their potential, they will be difficult to beat.
The match between India and New Zealand is sure to be a close and exciting one. Both teams are evenly matched, and the outcome could go either way.