Hardik Pandya ruled out of tournament with ankle injury; Prasidh Krishna called up

India opener Hardik Pandya suffered an ankle injury during the match against Bangladesh in Pune. AP

India have been dealt a huge blow to their World Cup 2023 campaign after star all-rounder Hardik Pandya was on Saturday ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury.

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Pandya injured his left ankle while bowling in India’s World Cup match against Bangladesh on October 19, and has not played in the tournament since.

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Pacer Prasidh Krishna has been named as Pandya’s replacement for the rest of the World Cup. Prasidh’s inclusion in the squad has been approved by the Event’s Technical Committee, the ICC said on Saturday.

Hardik had taken five wickets in three matches in the World Cup, before injuring his ankle against Bangladesh. Hardik twisted his left ankle trying to block a shot and fell to the ground, midway through his first over. Virat Kohli completed the wicket for Hardik.

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Mohammed Shami, who did not play the first four matches of the World Cup, was then included in the playing XI for the match against New Zealand in Dharamsala, where he finished with figures of 5/54. He followed that up with figures of 4/22 and 5/18 against England and Sri Lanka respectively.

Meanwhile, Prasidh last turned out for India during the three-match ODI series against Australia at home in September, just before the World Cup.

He had taken three wickets in two matches. Prasidh is closing in on Karnataka at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, having taken five wickets in as many matches.

Prasidh also returned from a long absence due to injury when India faced Ireland in a three-match T20I series in August. He had taken four wickets in that series, and went on to play the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, where he only played the match against Bangladesh, finishing with figures of 1/43.

So far Prasidh has taken 29 wickets in 17 ODIs.

Meanwhile, India became the first team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals after a 302-run victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Thursday. The win helped India maintain their 100 percent record in this tournament, with seven wins in as many matches.

The Men in Blue will face South Africa in Kolkata on Sunday before finishing the series against the Netherlands on November 12.

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