Injury scare for Hardik Pandya ahead of World Cup warm-up match against Bangladesh?

Team India received a major boost ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 warm-up match against Bangladesh as Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar returned to full fitness, participating in the net session on the eve of the final practice game. The occasion, however, also saw an injury scare come India’s way as Hardik Pandya was hit under the arm while taking throwdowns.

Hardik is seen as one of the pillars in the Indian team, primarily because of the form he had shown during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season. His all-round ability, coupled with the hitting prowess, is expected to be crucial to India’s success in the World Cup. The injury, ahead of the Bangladesh encounter, however, has left fans wondering whether the 25-year-old will be available for the important fixture.

As per media reports, Hardik is said to have been hit while taking throwdowns. One of the deliveries hit him hard and he then left the session in between, excruciating with pain. He didn’t return to the middle after that. It isn’t yet confirmed whether the injury will rule him out of the Bangladesh clash, although he is expected to be fine for the match.

It wasn’t the sort of warm-up game against New Zealand that the Indian team would’ve expected. The batting unit faltered immensely, especially against Trent Boult, as his swinging deliveries troubled India’s entire top-order.

Ravindra Jadeja was the only player who managed to hit a fifty at the Oval, taking the team to a total of 179 runs. After Jadeja, Hardik was the only other player who managed to touch the 30-run mark, facing 37 deliveries while hitting 6 fours.

Chasing the target, Kane Williamson’s men reached the 180-run mark in 37.1 overs. Kiwi skipper Williamson and veteran batsman Ross Taylor were the pick of the batsmen, scoring 67 and 71 runs respectively.

It remains to be seen if the management gives Hardik the go-ahead for the match against Bangla Tigers, but considering India’s first game of the World Cup is still a week away (June 05), the all-rounder might just get the nod.