Indian opening batter Shubman Gill is doubtful to participate in India’s inaugural match of the 2023 ODI World Cup against Australia on October 8 in Chennai due to a fever.
Gill was absent from India’s training sessions at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday. The team remains optimistic, believing it could be a passing flu.
According to an official update from the BCCI, “He is under the weather. The medical team is closely monitoring him. We are hoping he gets better soon.”
Gill has been the standout performer in ODIs this year, amassing an impressive 1230 runs at an average of 72.35 and a strike rate of 105.03. In his most recent four outings, he notched up two centuries and a half-century, two of which were against the upcoming opponents, Australia.
If Gill is unavailable for Sunday’s match, Ishan Kishan may step in as the opener. Kishan has displayed fine form, registering three half-centuries in five ODIs as an opener this year, in addition to an impressive 82 against Pakistan from the No. 5 position.
The ICC World Cup 2023 officially began in India with the opening game. The tournament features 10 teams vying for the title across 10 venues in 45 high-stakes league matches.
As the tournament progresses, the top four teams will advance to the semifinals. These crucial matches are set in Mumbai on November 15 and in Kolkata on November 16. Reserve days have been allocated for both the semifinals and the final to ensure fairness.
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