India's Hardik Pandya falls on the field
India's Hardik Pandya falls on the field during the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup ODI match against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 19, 2023. Image Credit: AFP

Pune: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya hobbled off the field with a suspected ankle injury in the Cricket World Cup game against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Pandya was bowling the ninth over of the innings when he tried to stop a straight drive by Litton Das, twisting his left ankle and tumbling over.

He got up and tried walking but fell back to the ground as the Indian medical team rushed in.

Play was held up as Pandya received treatment. He got up again and tried a practice run-up before consulting with skipper Rohit Sharma and walking off.

Pandya was then sent to a local hospital for scans.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) updated the fans later about Pandya through their X (formerly Twitter) account.

"Hardik Pandya's injury is being assessed at the moment and he is being taken for scans," tweeted BCCI.

The fans at the MCA Stadium cheered as Virat Kohli bowled the remaining deliveries in the over.

Pandya is a key member of India’s team as the host nation attempts to win the competition for a third time.

He has picked up five wickets in three games and took 2-34 against Pakistan in Ahmedabad. He has only batted once, against Australia, and scored 11 not out.