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Royal London Cup – Krunal Pandya’s stint in Warwickshire ended with a groin injury

A groin injury cut short Krunal Pandya’s spell in Warwickshire. The versatile player, who has been signed by the county side for the Royal London One-Day Cup, is due to return to India on Monday evening.

Krunal was injured while scoring 37 goals in Warwickshire’s game against Nottinghamshire on August 17. He didn’t step out in the second leg of the game and also missed Warwickshire’s next two games against Middlesex and Durham.

A consultation with doctors revealed the injury would keep Krunal out of action for three weeks, leaving him unavailable for the Round of 16 should Warwickshire reach them.

“It is frustrating to lose Krunal for the remainder of the tournament, but he leaves the club with our best wishes,” Warwickshire cricket manager Paul Farbrace said in a statement released by the county. “Krunal was a great role model in the group and I’m sure the younger members of the team will have learned a lot from him on and off the pitch.

“Due to the short lead time we will not be signing a replacement, however, I am incredibly excited to see our squad develop after Sunday’s excellent win over Durham.”

Krunal has played in five Royal London Cup games for Warwickshire this season, scoring 134 points at an average of 33.50, including an 82-ball 74 in the draw against Surrey at The Oval. He took nine wickets at 25:00 with his left arm spin, including three in succession against Sussex and Leicestershire.

Warwickshire currently sit fifth in Group A of the Royal London Cup, with nine points from seven games, just one point behind the four teams currently ahead of them.

Krunal was one of two Indian players signed by Warwickshire this season, the other being fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, who was drafted for the latter stages of the Division One County Championship season.

Krunal, 31, who plays for Lucknow Supergiants in the IPL, is hoping to revive his international career, having last played for India on a tour of Sri Lanka in July 2021. He has played five ODIs and 19 T20I so far. .