Hardik Pandya injury: Indian all-rounder was seen walking off the field after completing his fourth over against New Zealand.
During the first semi-final of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was seen walking off the field after getting injured.
With India playing only five bowling options, it will become a significant problem for captain Virat Kohli if Pandya fails to return on the field. It is believed that Pandya has issues in his right groin problem.
While the extent of the injury is still unknown, reports in ESPNcricinfo suggest that Pandya was struggling to even climb up the stairs. Introduced as the first-change bowler in the 10th over, Pandya bowled four overs on the trot before succumbing to the injury.
After New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to field, the Indian bowlers made early inroads into the opposition’s batting lineup. It was Jasprit Bumrah who dismissed Martin Guptill (1) in the fourth over to push the Kiwis on the back foot.
Coming into the all-important match, New Zealand included Lockie Ferguson ahead of Tim Southee. On the other hand, India brought in Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Kuldeep Yadav. Benching Mohammed Shami for the second time in a row came as a debatable decision on the part of the Indian team.
How Twitter reacted on Hardik Pandya injury:
Only 5 bowling options n Hardik leaving the field, does not look good. #NZvsIND
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) July 9, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 9, 2019
Always believe u need to have 6 bowling option in white ball cricket if ur 5th bowling option is fast bowling all rounder,Always a chance for an injury with the heavy work load on fast bowling all rounders.Hoping Hardik injury isn’t a major one #INDvsNZ
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 9, 2019
Uh oh, Pandya struggling in his run up and delivery. Something to do with his hamstring? Gone off the field. What’s with Old Trafford and Indian bowlers? In previous game here against Pak, Bhuvi suffered hamstring injury which kept him out of action for a while
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 9, 2019
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