There is a small crisis in the Indian team when they go to play against England. Superstar Hardik Pandya will not play in the match against Bangladesh, who is on rest due to injury. The player was injured while bowling in the match. BCCI sources say that Pandya’s injury is not serious.
Not playing the star against England is a precaution for the next matches. Pandya’s services will be essential for the team that has almost secured the World Cup semis and will be in the knockout stage. The match against South Africa is also very crucial for India.
The absence of a player like Pandya is sure to put the Indian team in dire straits. It is a relief that Pandya will be back soon. There is no better all-rounder in the World Cup squad to replace the star. Pandya’s absence will affect the team balance significantly.
India made two changes in the team when they played against New Zealand. T20 batsman Suryakumar Yadav was replaced by Pandya. Pacer Shardul Thakur was replaced by Mohammed Shami. Dropping Shami, who had not played till now, turned out to be a big success. Taking a wicket in the very first ball bowled, Shami took 5 wickets.
Team India may be ready for some tests against England. Shami, who is in brilliant form, is unlikely to be removed from the playing eleven. After Shardul Thakur was brought into the team, there was no particular impact. If the situation is in favor of the pacers, India may field the same team that played against Bangladesh.
However, R Ashwin may make it to the team if he looks to support the spin. In that case, Siraj may be replaced by Shami. If Pandya plays in the upcoming matches, it is possible to keep Suryakumar as a batter for the time being. If Surya is in form in the World Cup, it will be of great benefit to India.
England, who are 9th in the points table, have won only one of their matches so far. However, if they win the next 5 matches, the team will be able to keep the semi-final hope.
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