The Indian cricket team made a brilliant start to their Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign, but the Rohit Sharma-led side suffered a huge blow when all-rounder Hardik Pandya limped off the field after sustaining a leg injury during the match against Bangladesh in Pune on Thursday. During the 9th over of the Bangladesh innings, Pandya tried to stop a Litton Das shot with his right leg but slipped. He landed awkwardly on his left leg and the physio had to rush to the field as Pandya appeared to be in pain. Although it looked like Pandya might continue, he was unable to run well and the team management decided to take him out of the attack and hand the ball to Virat Kohli.
“Hardik Pandya’s injury is currently under assessment and he is being taken for scans,” BCCI said on social media.
Hardik Pandya’s injury is currently under investigation and scans are being done on him.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 19, 2023
Bangladesh stand-in captain Najmul Hossain Shanto won the toss and chose to bat against India.
Star all-rounder and captain Shakib was ruled out of the match due to a quad injury.
Hardik Pandya is leaving…!!!
– I hope he gets well soon. pic.twitter.com/OaD2E8dz2Q
— Johannes. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 19, 2023
“He (Shakib) is struggling a bit, Nasum comes on for him. We have great memories against India, hopefully we can continue our form. I hope it will be a great match,” Shanto said.
While India named an unchanged team, Hasan Mahmud was brought to Bangladesh in place of Taskin Ahmed.
India:Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
Bangladesh:Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (w), Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam.
(With PTI inputs)
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