Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder, has been cleared to play in India’s next T20 World Cup match against New Zealand on October 31. Pandya injured his shoulder during India’s tournament opener against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai, and he did not play in the second innings, with Ishan Kishan replacing him. His absence was just a precautionary move, according to a BCCI official, to ensure that his injury did not worsen. “There is no problem, and he is already doing well. It was only a precautionary scan and the team management didn’t want to take a chance because yesterday was only the first game of the tournament”, an official stated.

Pandya was taken to the hospital for scans after being injured on the right shoulder against Pakistan and appearing to be in obvious pain on the field. “While batting, Hardik Pandya was hit on the right shoulder. He has now had scans done for his injury,” the BCCI had previously stated. The injury comes after the all-rounder had previously been unable to bowl due to lower back problems. Pandya, on the other hand, stated that he wants to bowl closer to the tournament’s knockout rounds. On November 8, India will face Namibia in the final match of the league stage.

“My back is alright; it was twitchy at first, but I won’t be bowling for the time being. I’d like to be able to bowl in the future, closer to the knockout stages,” Before the Pakistan match, he told broadcasters. “Both the professionals and I have to make a decision on when I can have a bowl.”

Virat Kohli, India’s captain, endorsed Pandya to play in the team as a pure hitter, emphasising that what he contributes at No. 6 cannot be “made overnight.”

“To be honest, I think Hardik is getting better in terms of being ready to bowl at least two overs for us at some point in this tournament,” Kohli said. “We’ve examined a couple of different options to chip in for an over or two until he starts bowling, and we’re certain that we can make the most of the chance at hand. As a result, we’re unconcerned about it. What he brings to the No. 6 place is something that takes time to develop.”