Group India head coach Rahul Dravid has admitted that the squad’s stability can be hampered by the absence of all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the 2023 World Cup match towards New Zealand in Dharamsala on Sunday, October 22.
Pandya injured his ankle whereas making an attempt to cease a ball throughout his follow-up match throughout India’s match towards Bangladesh in Pune. He was subsequently dominated out of the match towards New Zealand.
At a press convention on Saturday, Dravid acknowledged that India will miss the flexibility that Pandya brings to the workforce.
“Hardik is a vital participant for us. He is clearly lacking this sport and we’ll attempt to work round 14 and see what the perfect mixture is. However we are going to clearly miss the stability we had within the first 4 video games,” he mentioned.
Pandya’s damage occurred within the ninth over of Bangladesh’s innings. He tried to cease a straight drive from Litton Das along with his proper leg in his follow-up, however slipped. He then limped off the sphere and Virat Kohli needed to full his over.
Later, with a medical replace on the all-rounder, BCCI confirmed that Pandya will immediately be a part of the Indian workforce in Lucknow the place they’ll face defending champions England on October 29. The BCCI replace learn:
“After his fall, the all-rounder was taken for scans and was given relaxation recommendation. He can be below the fixed supervision of the BCCI Medical Group.”
Pandya claimed 5 wickets in India’s first three matches on the 2023 World Cup, batting simply as soon as and scoring 11* towards Australia.
“KL Rahul has completed a improbable job” – Rahul Dravid
Dravid additionally praised KL Rahul for his participation within the World Cup up to now. The Indian legend added that it’s a problem for the cricketer as he’s not an everyday keeper and in addition identified the truth that he has solely not too long ago returned from damage. Dravid commented:
“KL Rahul has completed a improbable job. Rahul has carried out very effectively on this event and has batted very effectively at any time when he has had the chance. It is a problem since he isn’t one to maintain observe often. He has retained a bit of greater than me, however it’s nonetheless a problem contemplating he’s getting back from a protracted damage.
“We thought we’d construct him up and play him within the video games main as much as the World Cup, however we could not do this due to his damage. The way in which he got here again and labored arduous is nice. He has completed very well and it’s actually good to see, which provides us numerous confidence in his talents,” the 50-year-old added.
Rahul was additionally spectacular with the bat, scoring 97* towards Australia and 34* towards Bangladesh.