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IND vs PAK World Cup 2023: Shubman Gill 99 percent fit to play match against Pakistan, says Rohit Sharma

Gill was battling dengue, an unfortunate setback just before India's World Cup opener against Australia in Chennai.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma has expressed confidence over Shubman Gill’s availability for the all-important match against Pakistan on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Shubman Gill recovers from Dengue

Gill was battling dengue, an unfortunate setback just before India’s World Cup opener against Australia in Chennai. However, he was on the road to recovery, showing resilience and determination. Initially treated at a hospital in Chennai, Gill traveled to Ahmedabad on October 12 and participated in a closed-door online session. His progress and commitment to regaining full fitness have instilled optimism in the team, with Rohit Sharma suggesting that Gill is very likely to take the field in this much-anticipated encounter.

Shubman Gill practices in Ahmedabad

After battling dengue and recovering from illness, Gill took a direct flight to Ahmedabad to join his teammates. The talented batsman is expected to participate in a comprehensive practice session with the team before a final decision is made regarding his inclusion in the playing XI, marking his first appearance in the World Cup 2023.

Shubman Gill bags ‘Player of the Month’ award

Gill was honored with the Player of the Month award for January and again for September 2023 by the ICC, surpassing fellow contenders Mohammed Siraj and Dawid Malan. His exceptional performances in India’s triumph in the Asia Cup and their victorious ODI series against Australia secured him this prestigious award, making him the first Indian cricketer to achieve this recognition more than once.

As Gill sets his sights on the 2023 World Cup, he stands on the verge of potentially becoming the fastest batter to reach 2000 runs in ODI cricket, with a remarkable record of 1917 runs in 35 innings. Aiming to surpass Hashim Amla’s record of achieving this feat in 40 innings, Gill’s recent form suggests he’s well on track.

Notably, Gill has been exceptionally comfortable in home conditions, showcasing his prowess with an impressive 882 runs in 14 innings in India, boasting an average of 67.84. Playing at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the home ground of his IPL team Gujarat Titans, adds an extra layer of familiarity and comfort for him.

Yuvraj Singh shares his thought on Shubman Gill

In the wake of Gill’s comeback, former Indian cricketing legend and hero of the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh, expressed hope for his fitness ahead of the pivotal clash against Pakistan. Yuvraj, having faced similar challenges during his career, emphasized the resilience required to overcome such health setbacks, expressing optimism that Gill would make a strong return.

With an extraordinary year behind him, amassing 1230 runs in 20 matches at a staggering average of 72.35, Gill has certainly positioned himself as a formidable force. His five fifties and five centuries, including a memorable ODI double century against New Zealand, paint a picture of a determined and gifted cricketer eager to make a mark on the world stage. As the anticipation builds, fans eagerly await Gill’s return and the potential fireworks he may bring to the much-anticipated encounter against Pakistan.

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Ashhar Shaikh
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