Pandya's absence in the lineup raised concerns among fans, but the latest updates suggest that he might be rested for the next two matches, allowing him more time for recovery. 

The team management is approaching the situation cautiously 

Given India's strong position in the tournament, having won all five of their matches so far, this cautious approach appears to be in the best interest of the team.

"Pandya has suffered a bad sprain, but fortunately, it's not a fracture. The BCCI medical team wants to take maximum precaution. He is likely to miss the next two to three matches. The team wants him to be fully fit for the knock-out stage," revealed a BCCI source.

India's upcoming fixtures include a face-off against defending champions England on October 29 in Lucknow and a match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on November 2. 

While Pandya's absence from the playing XI had paved the way for Suryakumar Yadav and Mohammed Shami against New Zealand, the team is eager to ensure that their star all-rounder is back in peak condition for the crucial knock-out stage.

As the World Cup action intensifies, the Indian cricket fraternity, along with fans worldwide, will be keeping a close eye on Hardik Pandya's recovery progress, hoping to see him return to the field at his dynamic best.