After an absence from the game since the match against Bangladesh in Pune, it is anticipated that Hardik Pandya will make his comeback around the semi-finals of the World Cup. India’s primary all-rounder did not accompany the Indian team to Dharamsala, where they took a short break following their victory over New Zealand. He was also unavailable for the team’s sixth match against England in Lucknow. Currently, the 30-year-old is in the process of recovering at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, and reliable sources have reported positive indications of his return as he recuperates from a left ankle injury that has kept him off the field.
While the precise date of Pandya’s return remains unconfirmed, it is apparent that the team management intends to gradually reintegrate him into the lineup now that India has secured a spot in the semi-finals. India has three remaining matches to play: one against Sri Lanka in Mumbai, another against South Africa in Kolkata, and a third against the Netherlands in Bengaluru. It’s highly probable that Pandya will rejoin the squad for the final league game against the Dutch side.
In Pandya’s absence, India has been compelled to adopt a specialized approach in their last two matches, lacking the luxury of an additional sixth bowler. As the all-rounder approaches his return, the team management is likely to encounter the welcome predicament of having an abundance of options once more.