In the ongoing semifinal match between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester, India got off to a flying start. Seamers and spinners both have been clinical and have kept New Zealand in check. But to India’s concern, Hardik Pandya was forced off the field after he pulled up during the fourth over of his spell at Old Trafford, appearing to be in some discomfort. He completed the over but then immediately headed to the dressing room, feeling the top of his right thigh. He re-emerged several overs later after receiving treatment from physio Patrick Farhat.
India has picked up only five bowlers for the big contest and if Pandya doesn’t come back on the field, Team India will be presented with a curious conundrum. Kohli will need someone to bowl 6 remaining overs of Pandya. The much talked about dismissal of Kane Willamson by Virat Kohli in the U-19 World Cup semifinal in 2008 had prompted the Team India skipper to joke that he could bowl again, though he probably hadn't expected for this to be the case when he had said it.
Cricket gurus took to social media in concern and criticism about India’s strategy of just including 5 bowlers in the playing 11.
To India’s relief Hardik Pandya is back on the field but is still limping. Fans are hoping he can bowl his quota of overs.