Injured Hardik Pandya’s Return. The update on Hardik Pandya’s return date doesn’t come as a big blow to India. Here’s why… India all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s return date has been reportedly revealing. He had earlier missed India’s World Cup 2023 matches against New Zealand in Dharamsala and against England in Lucknow on Sunday after having incurred an ankle injury in Pune during the league-stage match against Bangladesh. If reports are believe to be true. Hardik is slate to miss the entirety of the league phase and only return in the knockout stage. Yet the news doesn’t come as a big blow to India.

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A BCCI release post the match against Bangladesh revealed that Hardik would miss the next game for India but will rejoin the squad in Lucknow. However, he failed to recover in time as the all-rounder continues to rehabilitate at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. According to Cricketnext, Hardik has shown significant improvement and has already begun with net sessions under the watchful eyes of the medical team at the NCA.

“Hardik Pandya has already had a couple of net sessions at the NCA, is under constant supervision of the BCCI medical team and looking good,” a source told the website.

Why India have little to worry over Hardik’s return

While the report failed to reveal the exact date of his return, Team India is less likely to fret over his absence or rush him back into the XI after two sensational wins in the last two matches.

The biggest fear after Hardik’s absence was the lack of balance in the XI, thus sparking a debate over the line-up against New Zealand. England on whether India should play an extra batter on a bowler. While it still left India with only five bowling options. The brutal combination of Japsrit Bumrah with Shami saw the home team comprehensively beat the two 2019 finalists. Shami, who has rested throughout the opening four games, emerged as the standout bowler for India. With nine wickets in the two matches which included a record five-wicket haul.

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Hardik Pandya’s Potential Return to India Squad in Bengaluru(Injured Hardik Pandya’s Return):

“See, no one wants to burden Hardik with traveling at this point. He is already in Bengaluru and could well rejoin the squad there itself. Whether he plays that game or not is too early to say but the Bengaluru link-up is very much on the cards because that game would mean no travel also. Informed the source to Cricketnext.

India is now left with just three more league games – versus Sri Lanka in Mumbai, versus South Africa in Kolkata, versus Netherlands in Bengaluru.

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