Rohit Sharma confirmed that Shubman has not been ruled out of India’s World Cup opener.
Rohit Shamra expressed hope for Shubman Gill’s quick return to full health.
India captain Rohit Sharma expressed pleasure with the team’s preparation for the ICC World Cup 2023 opener.
Shubman Gill, the young opener, is ailing, but he has not been ruled out of the forthcoming match against Australia, according to Rohit Sharma.
Shubman Gill is reportedly suffering from dengue fever, putting his participation in India’s tournament opener in jeopardy.
In the 50-over tournament, Gill was Team India’s highest-ranked batter. Ishan Kishan is expected to take his place at the top of the order against Australia.
Rohit Sharma said at a press conference ahead of the match against Australia that the medical staff is closely watching Shubman Gill’s condition.
“The mood is pretty good. We came well prepared and quite confident. Shubman Gill is not 100%. He is not fit but sick. We are monitoring him. He is still not ruled out,” Rohit told reporters.
Shubman Gill is set to make his World Cup debut against Australia on Sunday, October 8 in Chennai.
He is an important batter for India, having just returned from a triumphant Asia Cup 2023 campaign and a bilateral ODI series win against Australia.
The 36-year-old was concerned about Shubman Gill’s health and wished him a swift recovery from a high fever.
“It doesn’t worry me but I feel for him. With me being a human being first, I want Shubman to get well soon. He’s a young guy, fit body so hopefully he’ll recover quickly,” Rohit added.
Rohit Sharma praised Australia’s great World Cup record, but emphasized that India will focus on their skills and adapt to the conditions.
“What we have done in the past will not matter. Australia being Australia, we know how they step up in World Cups.
We will focus on our strengths and assess the conditions and how you want to bat and what line and lengths to bowl. Everything is going to be crucial.”