As the Indian cricket team prepares for its much-anticipated opening match against Australia in the ICC World Cup, they face a significant setback with in-form batsman Shubman Gill’s health issues. Gill, who has been a prolific run-scorer for India in recent ODIs, is now a doubtful starter for Sunday’s crucial match.
Reports have emerged that Gill is battling a high fever, raising concerns within the team camp. The 22-year-old cricketer will undergo tests for dengue on Friday, which will determine whether he can take the field in the opening game or not.
A BCCI source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed, “Shubhman has had high fever since landing in Chennai. His tests are being done. He will have tests on Friday, and a call will be taken on his participation in the opening game.” The uncertainty surrounding Gill’s health has left both the team management and fans anxiously awaiting the test results.
If Gill is diagnosed with dengue, he could potentially miss several games, as the recovery period for dengue patients can vary. It typically takes around 7-10 days for individuals to regain their strength and be match-fit after battling the mosquito-borne illness.
The source cautioned against jumping to conclusions prematurely, stating, “Let’s not jump the gun. If it’s a normal viral fever, he could play on antibiotics, but it’s completely the medical team’s call.” The final decision on Gill’s participation will hinge on the advice of the medical experts entrusted with his care.
Gill’s absence, if it comes to that, would be a significant blow to India, as he has been a standout performer in the team’s batting lineup. The management might be considering alternate options, with Ishan Kishan being a potential candidate to step in as an opener if Gill is indeed ruled out.
As the countdown to the World Cup opener continues, the Indian team and its supporters are holding their breath, hoping for positive news on Shubman Gill’s health, which would enable him to showcase his batting prowess against the formidable Australian side.