Shubman Gill has not yet been declared ineligible for the India-Australia World Cup match owing to dengue, according to India coach Rahul Dravid.
Gill has had a fever for the past few days and has been unwell. He tested positive for dengue, according to earlier today’s news, and is almost certainly out of India’s World Cup
However, Dravid stated that Gill has not yet been formally disqualified from the game in Chennai during a news conference held today (October 6). He stated that Gill has been feeling better and that the medical staff would be keeping an eye on him before making a decision regarding his suitability to play on game day.
Certainly, he feels better today. The medical staff keeps an eye on you every day. We’ll wait to see what they decide after the next 36 hours. Without a doubt, he feels better today. The medical staff has not yet ruled him out. We’ll continue daily checking in on him. After tomorrow, we’ll see how he feels,” Dravid added.
For India, Gill’s absence would be a serious setback. This year, he has scored more than 1,200 runs at an average over 70 with as many as five hundred, making him India’s leading ODI run scorer.
Gill scored 178 runs from two innings in the just-finished ODI series against Australia, including a 64-ball 74 in the first ODI in Mohali and a 97-ball 104 in Indore.
India will probably choose Ishan Kishan to take Gill’s place at the top of the order if he is unable to play. Kishan, along with Suryakumar Yadav, is one of the team’s reserve bats. Only Kishan has ODI opening experience among the two, though.