India allrounder Hardik Pandya is being able to walk after sustaining a bad-looking back injury during the Asia Cup game against Pakistan on Wednesday (September 19).
Hardik Pandya had a disappointing end to the Asia Cup game against Pakistan on Wednesday. He was stretchered off the field for an “acute lower back injury” during the Pakistan innings.
The incident took place in the 18th over of the Pakistan innings when the allrounder was bowling his fifth over. It was the fifth delivery and Pandya, after completing the follow through, immediately felt his lower back and lay on the ground in considerable pain. He was soon taken off on a stretcher on physio Patrick Farhart’s advice. Ambati Rayudu then went on to complete his over.
And later a BCCI official confirmed the type of injury in addition to revealing that he is being to stand.
“Hardik Pandya has an acute lower back injury. He is able to stand at the moment and the medical team is assessing him now,” the BCCI official confirmed.
The latest injury setback will be yet another huge concern for the Indian team management. Kedar Jadhav recently returned to action after a lengthy spell on the sidelines while Bhuvneshwar Kumar also recovered from a back injury soon. India’s first-choice Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is also recuperating from a shoulder injury that could keep him out of action for at least another four months.
Pandya has been one of India’s most busiest cricketers in the last one year or so. He has played in 44 matches across formats for India over the last 12 months. Only Rohit Sharma (46) has played more games than him during this period. In the recently-concluded tour of England, he missed just one game that is the last Test.
India thrash Pakistan:
Meanwhile, Pandya’s absence did not cost India much as the Men in Blue thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets. Despite losing one of their main bowlers, India bowled out the arch-rivals for just 162.
In reply, the defending champions, led by skipper Rohit’s blazing fifty, chased down the total with utmost ease.