Shubman Gill hospitalized, little chance of playing in World Cup clash against Pakistan | Cricket | spcilvly

After missing India’s first two matches of the 2023 World Cup against Australia and Afghanistan, it now appears Shubman Gill will sit out the high-octane clash against Pakistan on Saturday as the batsman continues to recover from dengue fever. On Monday, the BCCI addressed Gill’s condition for the first time and issued a statement saying the 24-year-old did not travel with the team to Delhi, where India will play Afghanistan on Wednesday. However, what the BCCI did not reveal is that Gill has been hospitalized in Chennai following a drop in his platelet count and is currently being treated at Kaveri hospital.

Shubman Gill is likely to miss India's World Cup clash against Pakistan on Saturday (ANI).
Shubman Gill is likely to miss India’s World Cup clash against Pakistan on Saturday (ANI).

As first reported Cricbuzz, Gill’s low platelet count has raised concerns, leading medical experts to recommend treatment and discourage air travel. BCCI’s own doctor, Dr Rizwan Khan, is currently treating Gill in Chennai. Gill landed in Chennai with the rest of the Indian team but has been absent since October 4, the day before India’s World Cup opener.

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The thing about dengue is that although the fever may decrease and the platelet count may improve, it takes a while for the weakness to clear from the body. So even if Gill’s condition improves and the batsman is discharged, he can join the team in Ahmedabad. However, whether he will be fit or not is another question. Even if Gill had reached Ahmedabad on the 12th or 13th, he would not have done a single practice session. If this is the case, it is unlikely that the BCCI will want to rush him back. They did the same with Jasprit Bumrah in September last year and the result was there for all to see.

India will be in a real bind if Gill does not recover in time for the match against Pakistan. They promoted Ishan Kishan to open with Rohit Sharma, but he came out to duck on the first ball. Even if this were dismissed as a one-off failure (Ishan scored three consecutive half-centuries against the West Indies in August), Gill’s absence is a blow. Not only is he India’s most in-form batsman, having scored 1,230 runs this year at an average of 72.35, but he also loves batting in Ahmedabad (his IPL home ground for the Gujarat Titans) is where India could miss the extravagant can opener.

At the Narendra Modi Stadium alone, Gill has amassed 572 runs in nine matches with a maximum of 128, including three fifties and two centuries. He has a strike rate of 172.80 in Ahmedabad and has smoked 52 fours and 23 sixes. Although Gill is yet to play an ODI here, he already has centuries in T20Is (126 not out against New Zealand) and Tests (128 against Australia during this year’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy).

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