India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has posted a special message for the fans after being ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup 2023 due to an ankle injury which he picked up while bowling against Bangladesh.
Following the injury, he didn’t participate in the upcoming games. The management was keen on getting him fit again ahead of the knockout stage. But sadly the all-rounder’s journey in the 2023 edition has come to an end.
To acknowledge the fans, Pandya penned down an emotional post on his social handle. He expressed his disappointment over missing the remaining games in the World Cup. He also thanked the fans for their support and expressed his well wishes for the team.
“Tough to digest the fact that I will miss out on the remaining part of the World Cup. I’ll be with the team, in spirit, cheering them on every ball of every game. Thanks for all the wishes, the love, and the support has been incredible. This team is special and I’m sure we’ll make everyone proud. Love, always, HP,” the caption read.
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BCCI named pacer Prasidh Krishna as the replacement for Hardik Pandya. The right-handed pacer has been impressive in his short international career so far. In 17 ODI games, he picked up 29 wickets at an economy of just 5.60.
Hardik’s unavailability indicates that Suryakumar Yadav will retain his position in the side. He will be the main man to provide strong finishes in the death overs alongside Ravindra Jadeja.
The Rohit Sharma-led India have already qualified for the semi-finals. They have two games remaining in the league stage, one against South Africa and the other against the Netherlands. The Proteas contest will be a real test for the Men in Blue considering the high level of cricket both sides are playing.