World Cup 2023: Who will Replace Injured Hardik Pandya for New Zealand game?

Hardik Pandya Injury: India’s performance has been phenomenal, with winning all four games and securing the second spot in the table and setting a stage for qualifying in the semifinals. However, the next challenge is their upcoming match against table-toppers New Zealand, known for their disciplined. Adding to India’s concerns, Hardik Pandya’s injury during the Bangladesh match has raised worries about his availability against New Zealand.

Meanwhile, New Zealand faces its own setback with Williamson’s injury, resulting in Latham taking charge as the stand-in captain. The upcoming match raises questions about who will step in for Pandya and how India plans to overcome this critical situation.

Let’s dive into the details of Hardik Pandya’s injury and potential replacements against New Zealand and India’s upcoming matches. You can also explore our previous articles for more information on the World Cup 2023.

How Hardik Pandya got Injured ?

In the midst of the 9th over of Bangladesh’s innings, Hardik Pandya appeared to twist his ankle while attempting to stop a ball with his foot during his follow-through. He couldn’t complete even his over. Consequently, he was taken for scans and did not participate further in the match. There was a pause in the game for nearly five minutes as the physio attended to his ankle, strapping it securely.

World Cup 2023 Who will Replace Injured Hardik Pandya for New Zealand game
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Rohit Sharma has confirmed in the match presentation that there is no need to worry. Pandya will undergo some tests and receive treatment at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He is currently staying in Bengaluru and will join the team directly in Lucknow for the match against England on October 29.

Virat Kohli Returns to Bowling

World Cup 2023 Who will Replace Injured Hardik Pandya for New Zealand game
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Virat Kohli made a noteworthy comeback to bowling after a six-year, much to the delight of fans. Following Hardik Pandya’s departure from the field after just three deliveries due to injury, Virat Kohli stepped in to complete his over.

Who will cover up the Hardik Pandya’s batting Role?

World Cup 2023: Who will Replace Injured Hardik Pandya for New Zealand game?
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If Hardik Pandya is unavailable, India’s team dynamics face a significant challenge. Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav may step in as specialized batters, while Shardul Thakur’s all-rounder skills remain instrumental strategy. Should India go for an extra bowler in their team?

Should India Go for Extra Bowler?

With the delightful Dharamsala pitch offering plenty of movement, bringing in an extra seamer like Mohammed Shami in place of Shradul Thakur could work wonders for Team India. As the dharamshala pitch is always advantageous for pacers. We already have a solid bowling lineup with two pacers and adding shami will be beneficial for us, and the spin duo of Kuldeep and Jadeja.

World Cup 2023: Who will Replace Injured Hardik Pandya for New Zealand game?
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It’s a golden opportunity to put pressure on the Kiwi batsmen and continue their winning streak in the tournament. Please not India didn’t have won against New Zealand in ICC ODI World Cup Tournament in last 20 years.

India’s Probable XI for New Zealand Clash

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Surya Kumar Yadav or Ishan kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

Note: This is predicted Playing XI as Hardik will not play against New Zealand.

CONCLUSION

To sum up, the possible absence of Hardik Pandya highlights the need for strategic adaptability within the Indian team. Considering alternatives such as Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav as specialized batters, and the potential inclusion of Mohammed Shami in place of Shardul Thakur to fill the gap, becomes crucial to maintain the team’s competitive edge. Let’s see Which team will continue their winning streak in the World Cup 2023.

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