India vs Pakistan: Shubman Gill Back to His Usual Business

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India vs Pakistan: Shubman Gill Back to His Usual Business

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After an extensive hour-long practice session in the nets, Shubman Gill stood outside, his bat in hand. Batting coach Vikram Rathour offered a supportive pat on the back as he inquired about Gill’s well-being. The young right-hander nodded in affirmation, exiting with his gear and two bats.

Gill’s batting skills were in fine form as he faced various bowlers, including R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami, during the session. Dengue had sidelined him for the first two World Cup matches against Australia and Afghanistan, forcing him to spend a night in the hospital and miss his teammates’ journey to Delhi for the Afghanistan game. Gill appeared a bit weaker and may have experienced a mental toll from the ordeal. It was a challenging period for him, given his outstanding form in ODIs over the last year.

Notably, batting is not the concern when it comes to Gill. It’s his battle with dengue that has affected his physical condition. Having observed Gill closely over the past few years, it’s evident that keeping him away from cricket, particularly batting, is a difficult task. Whether it’s a Test match, ODI, T20I, or IPL, Gill is dedicated to the sport. He often spends hours in the nets, perfecting his craft.

Before the high-stakes match against Pakistan, Gill was already back in the nets, honing his skills. During the net session, he faced net bowlers and side-armers. Captain Rohit Sharma expressed his confidence in Gill’s availability for the upcoming game.

As Rohit Sharma was making this statement at the press conference, Gill was already on the field, warming up and engaging with his teammates in a game of football. The batting sensation appeared confident and eager to return to the action.

In the nets, Gill faced Shami, who seemed to be in fantastic rhythm, challenging both Gill and Virat Kohli. Gill, who had an impeccable record in Ahmedabad, will be a significant asset to the Indian cricket team if he is fit for the high-pressure clash against Pakistan.

However, there’s a lingering 1% of doubt, centered around Gill’s fitness after battling dengue for over a week. The management should exercise caution and not risk Gill’s health. But if he passes all fitness assessments, he is likely to be one of the first names on the team sheet.

https://www.reuters.com/sports/cricket/gill-may-return-pakistan-clash-india-mull-three-spinners-2023-10-13/

https://www.business-standard.com/cricket/world-cup/icc-world-cup-ind-vs-pak-match-shubman-gill-seen-training-may-return-to-india-s-playing-xi-vs-pakistan-123101300129_1.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/rohit-sharma-india-afghanistan-pakistan-babar-azam-b2429514.html

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