Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder, has been sidelined due to an ankle injury he sustained during a group match against Bangladesh last month. Despite his absence, India has maintained an unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup.
Pandya’s Recovery Progress
Indian captain Rohit Sharma was asked about Pandya’s recovery progress ahead of the upcoming match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Sharma indicated that Pandya’s return to the field is still uncertain.
“As of now, he won’t be playing in tomorrow’s match,” Sharma stated. “His recovery is being monitored daily, including his bowling and batting progress. We are making decisions based on his day-to-day improvement.”
Potential Return in Future Matches
India’s next match after Sri Lanka is against South Africa in Kolkata on Sunday. Sharma did not confirm whether Pandya might make a comeback in that game. “World Cup matches are happening every three or four days, and we are assessing his situation daily. As he continues to improve, there’s a possibility we might see him soon. That’s all I can say at this point,” Sharma added.
Team Performance in Pandya’s Absence
In Pandya’s absence, pacer Mohammed Shami has stepped up, taking nine wickets in India’s last two matches. However, Sharma did not comment on whether Shami would retain his place once Pandya returns.
Team Combination Strategy
Sharma suggested that all combinations remain a possibility as India aims for its third World Cup victory and second on home ground. “All sorts of combinations are possible,” Sharma noted. “In this World Cup, spinners have been effective in controlling the run flow during middle overs. So, whether we have Hardik or not, I’m keeping my options open to play three spinners if the situation demands. We’ll make the right combination and play accordingly.”