India is eagerly awaiting updates on Hardik Pandya’s fitness in the lead-up to their clash with Sri Lanka in Mumbai on November 2. Pandya’s participation has been uncertain since he suffered an ankle injury during the match against Bangladesh on October 19, forcing him to miss two subsequent games against New Zealand and England.
“The medical team is closely monitoring Hardik’s condition and is in contact with the NCA (National Cricket Academy),” explained India’s bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey, following India’s convincing World Cup victory over England. “We’re anticipating an update in the next few days, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
To compensate for Pandya’s absence, India made two key changes to their lineup, introducing Mohammed Shami and Suryakumar Yadav while omitting Shardul Thakur. Shami’s performance since his return to the team has been remarkable, with notable performances against New Zealand and England.
Given India’s strong position in the tournament and their comfortable victories in Pandya’s absence, the team is unlikely to rush his return. They are on the verge of securing a spot in the semi-finals and have their next game against South Africa in Kolkata on November 5.