India all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who suffered a groin injury during a match against Nottinghamshire last week, has been ruled out of the remainder of Warwickshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup competition. Pandya intended to make the most of his time with Warwickshire because he was no longer considered by the Indian team management and selectors in white-ball cricket as of right now. He was hoping to return to the national squad.
The southpaw had scored 37 runs against Nottingham, but he left the field afterward and ended up missing Warwickshire’s next two games against Middlesex and Durham. Given that Krunal Pandya will not be participating in the Royal London One-Day Cup competition, it is yet unknown who will take his position and how Krunal will recover. “It’s frustrating to lose Krunal for the remainder of the tournament, but he leaves the club with our very best wishes,” Warwickshire’s director of cricket Paul Farbrace said in a statement issued by the County. “Krunal was an excellent role model around the group and I’m sure the younger members of the squad will have learned a lot from him on and off the pitch”, he added.
Krunal Pandya has played five matches in the present Royal London competition, accumulating 134 runs and an average of 33.50. At The Oval, his 74-run knock against Surrey was his finest individual effort. According to reports, Pandya’s injury is severe enough that, should his team qualify in the first place, he will be out of commission for three weeks and unable to participate in the knockout rounds. It is obvious that Pandya does not fit in the puzzle for the T20 World Cup Down Under in October-November given that Krunal has not been a member of the Indian team since July of last year and that there is already fierce competition among the current Indian squad members, particularly in the middle order and the all-rounders’ categories.