Captain Rohit Sharma has confirmed that opener Shubman Gill is on the path to recovery and is expected to be available for selection ahead of their highly anticipated clash with Pakistan at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Gill’s absence due to illness in the opening two matches of the tournament raised concerns among fans and cricket enthusiasts. He was even hospitalized in Chennai earlier this week to aid in his recuperation. However, the latest updates suggest that the talented right-handed batsman has made remarkable progress in his recovery.
Addressing the media during a pre-match press conference on Friday, Rohit Sharma expressed optimism about Gill’s fitness, stating, “99 percent he (Gill) is available. We’ll see tomorrow (Saturday) about that.”
The potential return of Gill to the lineup poses interesting selection dilemmas for the Indian team. Ishan Kishan, who partnered Rohit at the top of the order against Afghanistan and performed admirably with a score of 47, may face the prospect of being left out. Additionally, veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who missed the match against Afghanistan despite a strong performance against Australia, could be in contention for a recall.
However, Rohit Sharma remained tight-lipped about the composition of India’s playing XI, saying, “I don’t know, honestly. I still haven’t looked at the pitch yet, but we are ready for whatever combination we want to play. That’s the challenge going forward for us as a team, depending on what kind of conditions we play in. If there is a change or two, we need to make, we will be ready with that. And the guys have been informed very well in advance about these kinds of changes. So, I don’t think it’s going to be any issues with the players. But if the requirement is there for us to play three spinners, we will play three spinners.”
Shubman Gill joins Indian team for practice session ahead of much-awaited clash against Pakistan
Shubman Gill has reportedly returned to practice ahead of the highly anticipated World Cup match against Pakistan. Former cricketer Yuvraj Singh has also expressed hope for Gill’s participation, citing his own experience battling illness during a World Cup.
Gill’s outstanding ODI form in 2023 includes 1,230 runs at an average of 72.35, with five centuries and five half-centuries. India’s recent win over Afghanistan highlighted their dominance in the tournament, with strong performances from bowler Jasprit Bumrah and top-order batsmen like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.