India vs England: Hardik Pandya doubtful for ODIs after getting ruled out for 6 weeks with injury
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of competitive cricket for a minimum of six weeks after the shoulder injury he sustained during the net-session here turned out to be a hairline fracture.
Mohali: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of competitive cricket for a minimum of six weeks after the shoulder injury he sustained during the net-session in Mohali turned out to be a hairline fracture.
The rehabilitation will start post recovery and it makes Hardik a doubtful starter for India's ODI series against England starting in Pune on 15 January.
"BCCI medical team confirms that India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has sustained a hairline fracture on his right shoulder. He will take minimum six weeks to recover from this injury," a BCCI release stated.
"BCCI medical team will monitor his progress and rehabilitation programme and update accordingly. Hardik was struck by a ball during a net session before the start of the third Test match against England in Mohali," the release added.
Opener KL Rahul and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha are already in the injured list.
At the close after only 46.5 overs were possible following four rain interruptions, Australia were 126 for three with Steve Smith on six and Usman Khawaja, playing in his first Test since 2019, not out four.
Ben Stokes has led England once previously, a Test defeat by West Indies in 2020 when Root was on paternity leave.
England are 3-0 down with the Ashes gone after being beaten heavily in the first three Tests at Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne