Pandya’s Ankle Injury Sidelines Him from World Cup
Hardik Pandya, the 30-year-old all-rounder, has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup due to an ankle injury. Pandya sustained the injury to his left ankle while bowling in India’s World Cup match against Bangladesh in Pune last month. Despite hopes of recovery, it has now been officially confirmed that he will not be able to participate in the rest of the tournament.
Prasidh Krishna Steps in as Replacement
Prasidh Krishna, a relatively inexperienced fast bowler, has been named as Pandya’s replacement in the Indian squad. Krishna’s inclusion in the team was approved by the tournament’s Event Technical Committee on Saturday, paving the way for his entry into the playing group.
Krishna’s Limited International Experience
Krishna has represented India in just 19 white-ball matches. His last international appearance saw him claim the valuable wicket of David Warner, ending with figures of 1/45 from nine overs against Australia, just before the World Cup. Despite his limited experience, Krishna has shown potential, having taken 33 international wickets.
Competition in India’s Pace Attack
However, Krishna will face stiff competition for a place in India’s pace attack, going up against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj. His inclusion in the team adds a fresh dynamic to the bowling line-up.
Krishna Available for Selection Against South Africa
With Krishna’s inclusion approved on Saturday, he is now available for selection for the crucial World Cup match against South Africa on Sunday. This match is of significant importance as India and South Africa are currently leading the World Cup standings.
Crucial Match for Top Spot in Group Stage
The winner of Sunday’s match in Kolkata will have a significant advantage in securing the top spot in the group stage of the tournament. Both teams are vying for this position, making this a high-stakes match in the World Cup journey.