The highly anticipated clash between India and Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup group stage is just around the corner, scheduled for Saturday, October 14, at the grand Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide have been eagerly awaiting this marquee showdown.
However, the Indian team faces some concerns, with star opener Shubman Gill recently diagnosed with dengue. Despite his arrival in Ahmedabad after being discharged from a Chennai hospital where he was receiving treatment, Gill’s fitness status remains uncertain. Many speculate that the team management might opt to not rush Gill’s return and instead have him make a comeback against Bangladesh on October 19 in Pune.
In another unfortunate news, veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle has also tested positive for dengue. Bhogle took to Twitter to announce his absence from the India vs. Pakistan match in Ahmedabad due to the illness, which is currently on the rise in India. He mentioned missing the latter part of the India vs. Australia match in Chennai last Sunday as a result of his condition.
Bhogle expressed his disappointment in a tweet: “I am disappointed at having to miss out on #IndiavsPak on the 14th. But I have dengue, and the resultant weakness and lowered immunity will make it impossible. I am hoping to be back in time for the game on the 19th. My colleagues and the broadcast crew have been very helpful (and took on the extra workload during the second half of #IndiaVsAus), and I look forward to saying thank you to them in person.”
On a brighter note, India secured a convincing victory against Afghanistan in Delhi, chasing down a target of 273 runs in just 35 overs. This triumph was orchestrated by a sensational, record-breaking century by Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma showcased his prowess by scoring a remarkable 131 runs from 84 balls, featuring 16 fours and 5 sixes, effortlessly achieving the target and leaving the Afghan bowlers in awe.