IND v AUS, World Cup 2023: Shubman Gill not ruled out yet, I want him to get well, says Rohit Sharma


AR News Digital Desk, new delhi: India vs Australia, World Cup 2023: Shubman Gill will be given every chance to recover well from his illness, Rohit Sharma said while speaking to the press on the eve of their opener against the 5-time champions in Chennai.(IND v AUS)

India captain Rohit Sharma backed Shubman Gill to recover from illness sooner than later, but the skipper said he would first think like a human being and not ponder over whether or not the young opener would be available or not for(IND v AUS) their World Cup 2023 opener against Australia in Chennai on Sunday, October 8.

 Shubman Gill not ruled out yet

Rohit Sharma seconded Rahul Dravid’s take, saying the team would want to give the youngster enough time to recover from dengue, considering the long nature of the tournament where each team will play as many as 9 matches in the (IND v AUS) league stage.

“No, it doesn’t worry. I mean obviously, he is sick. I feel for him. But in terms of, you know, me being the human being first, I want him to get well, not the captain thinking, oh, I want Gill to play tomorrow. No, I want him to get well he you know he’s a young guy he’s got fit body so he’ll recover he’ll recover quick,” Rohit Sharma said on the eve of their World Cup opener in Chennai.(IND v AUS)

India Today reported on Saturday that Ishan Kishan trained hard in the nets, batting for long as he is being seen as replacement for (IND v AUS) Shubman Gill, in case the star batter doesn’t recover from his illness.

Ishan has opened for India in the past and his double century against Bangladesh last year came at that spot. India will certainly miss Gill, the leading run-getter in ODIs this year with 1230 runs at an average of 72.35. Gill has hit 4 of his 5 hundreds this year, enjoying a good record against Australia.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma said the mood in the dressing room is upbeat ahead of the World Cup opener and the team is looking forward to make a good impression in the home tournament.

India are heading into the World Cup as Asia Cup champions after having dominated the continental tournament and the team also hammered Australia 2-1 in an ODI series last month.

“Yeah, the mood is pretty good as it is before the start of every big tournament. We’ve come into this tournament prepared really well, so quite confident about us skill-wise,” Rohit added.

“And yeah, we’re looking forward to the game. Yeah, everybody’s fit. Gill is not 100%, but he’s sick. So, there’s no injury concern. Gill is not feeling well. We are monitoring him on a daily basis. So, we’re going to give him every chance to recover and see how he feels. So, he’s not ruled out yet,” he added.