Indian cricket fans are holding their breath as star opener Shubman Gill battles a bout of dengue fever, casting a shadow of uncertainty over his availability for India’s first clash against Australia in Chennai on Sunday, October 8.

Gill’s health scare comes at a crucial juncture as he has been in sensational form in 2023, particularly in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs), amassing a staggering 1230 runs with an incredible five centuries. He stands as a linchpin in the Indian batting lineup, and the prospect of his absence looms ominously.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has shed light on Gill’s condition, emphasizing the importance of the 24-year-old’s well-being over immediate returns to the field.

Rohit stated, “Gill is not feeling well, giving him every chance to see how he feels. Not ruled out yet. Shubman Gill is sick, I feel for him. I want him to be well. As a human being first, not as captain. He is a young boy, has a fit body, and he will recover.”

While the cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits Gill’s fitness update, Rohit Sharma made an optimistic remark regarding the team’s morale. The Indian camp is buzzing with excitement and determination as they set their sights on ending their World Cup drought. Rohit asserted, “Mood in the camp is very good. As it is going to be before the start of every tournament. Quite confident skill-wise. Looking forward to the game.”

India’s head coach Rahul Dravid also provided an update on Shubman’s health, stating that there are signs of improvement. He mentioned that they have a crucial 36-hour window to monitor his condition closely, with the medical team keeping a watchful eye on him. When inquired about the India opener’s potential inclusion in the playing eleven, Dravid asserted that the medical team has not yet ruled him out of the reckoning.

As cricket fans eagerly await the outcome of Shubman Gill’s health battle, the focus remains on his recovery as a priority. The Indian team, led by Rohit Sharma, remains hopeful and confident as they prepare to take on Australia in their quest to end their World Cup drought.

By Ritik Sharma

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