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India's injury woes compounded as Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur join Hardik Pandya in Asia Cup pull-out list
Deepak Chahar has replaced Pandya in the squad, Ravindra Jadeja will come in for Axar, while Siddharth Kaul will be flown in as reinforcement for Shardul, the BCCI confirmed on Thursday.
Pandya not taking further part in the tournament was expected after he was stretchered off the field during the group league encounter against Pakistan on Wednesday.
The incident took place in the 18th over of the Pakistan innings when the all-rounder was bowling his fifth over.
South African all-rounder Lance Klusener foresees India's Hardik Pandya closing in on someone like Ben Stokes if the team management can be "patient" with him for the next two years at least.
Apart from burying India’s hopes of building a solid foreign CV, the 1-3 series loss that England doled out at the Rose Bowl has also opened up another big can of worms.
Bangar said India could have been in a better position had Pandya and Ashwin applied themselves a little more.
Hardik picked up his first five-wicket haul in Tests in the third Test against England that helped his side to win the contest and keep the five-game series alive.
With a green-top laid out for this fourth Test, India will once again count on their troika of pacers, backed by Hardik Pandya, who amply proved his bowling worth in the previous game.
India bounced back from consecutive losses to clinch a 203-run win in the third Test in Nottingham to stay alive in the five-match series.
Hardik Pandya also made an useful contribution after his maiden five-wicket haul, smashing a run-a-ball 52 with the help of seven boundaries and hit over the fence.
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya have strikingly similar personalities and add to this a loving bond with their respective childhood coaches.
Hardik Pandya took 5-28 as England were bowled out for 161 runs, conceding a 168-run lead that swelled up to 292 runs at stumps on day two.
India finished day two on 124-2, thus taking an overall 292-run lead. Hardik Pandya also took on his critics saying he doesn't play for them.
At the close of play, Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 33, while skipper Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 8.
Pandya turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes with a lethal five-over opening spell that sent the English line-up reeling in a space of 28 balls.