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Shubman Gill’s CWC 2023 Recovery Update
- Updated: October 9, 2023
Shubman Gill’s Race Against Time: Will India’s Star Opener Recover in Time for the Epic Showdown Against Pakistan in CWC 2023?
The cricketing world is eagerly awaiting one of the most anticipated clashes of the year – India vs. Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup 2023. As fans gear up for the epic showdown, there is a question on everyone’s mind: Will Shubman Gill, India’s star opener, recover in time to take the field against arch-rivals Pakistan?
Gill, who has been in scintillating form in 2023, was expected to play a pivotal role in India’s World Cup campaign. He had notched up five One Day International (ODI) centuries this year, making him one of the most promising young talents in international cricket. However, his journey took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with dengue fever during the warm-up games, leading to his exclusion from the initial matches.
As the tournament began, India faced Australia in their opening match, and Gill’s absence was palpable. Ishan Kishan was given the responsibility of opening the innings alongside captain Rohit Sharma. The pressure was on Kishan to deliver, especially in the high-stakes encounter.
Unfortunately for India, the match didn’t start as planned. Facing a modest target of 200 on a dry Chepauk pitch, they found themselves reeling at 2 for 3 within the second over. Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer departed without contributing a run to the scoreboard. Ishan was dismissed for a golden duck, edging a rapid outswinger from Mitchell Starc to the first slip. Josh Hazlewood trapped Rohit Sharma leg-before-wicket, and Iyer was caught at covers in the following deliveries.
With the top order crumbling, India appeared to be in deep trouble. But then, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul formed a resilient partnership, adding 165 runs for the fourth wicket. Their remarkable partnership steered the team to victory, ensuring they crossed the finish line with six wickets in hand. It was a match that showcased India’s batting depth and determination.
While the victory against Australia was a morale booster for the Indian team, the question of Shubman Gill’s return still lingered. Gill’s aggressive batting and exceptional strokeplay had earned him the reputation of being one of India’s brightest talents. The team management was hopeful that he would recover in time for the marquee clash against Pakistan.
In a recent update, sources close to the Indian team revealed that Shubman Gill was still in the process of recovery. There were concerns that he might miss the upcoming match against Afghanistan in Delhi on October 11. It was also mentioned that Gill would remain with the team and travel to Delhi for his recovery, rather than returning to his home in Chandigarh.
Head coach Rahul Dravid had earlier stated that Gill was not feeling exerted and was progressing well in his recovery. However, the final decision regarding his selection would depend on the results of his next medical tests in the coming days.
“Shubman Gill is recovering, and he will be traveling with the team to Delhi,” the source informed. “He will be with the team and is not likely to go to his home in Chandigarh for rest. We hope that he will be back on the field before the match against Pakistan, and playing against Afghanistan will depend on his next medical report.”
The cricketing world will be keeping a close eye on Gill’s progress as the days count down to the epic clash with Pakistan. His return would undoubtedly bolster India’s batting lineup and add to the excitement of a match that transcends boundaries and emotions.
As the clock ticks, fans can only hope that Shubman Gill’s race against time ends with him donning the Indian jersey and taking the field against Pakistan, adding another chapter to the storied rivalry between the two cricketing giants.
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By- Sahiba Suri