Further adding to the excitement of Indian fans, Rohit Sharma has confirmed that star batsman Shubman Gill is “99% available” for the India vs Pakistan World Cup fixture in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the match on Friday, the Indian skipper said, “99% he is available. We’ll see tomorrow.”
Gill had reached Ahmedabad before the rest of the team, and batted in the nets on Thursday itself in a bid to be ready for the game. He was looking perfectly fit and fine in the nets too.
Must be noted that Gill was down with a bout of dengue and was forced to miss the games against Australia and Afghanistan, both of which India won.
Gill did not travel with the team to Delhi for their second fixture against Afghanistan on Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital in Chennai – where India played their first game, against Australia – for treatment but was subsequently discharged after his health improved.
Gill is the leading run-getter worldwide in ODIs this year with 1230 runs at an average of 72.35 and a strike rate of 105.03. In his last four ODIs, he has hit two centuries and a half-century.
In his absence, Ishan Kishan opened the innings against Australia alongside Rohit. Though India were reduced to 2 for 3 in a chase of 200 – Kishan, Rohit and Shreyas Iyer were dismissed for ducks – they recovered to chase down the target with six wickets in hand and 52 balls to spare. India had the same opening pair against Afghanistan too, and there was a marked improvement in their performance: Rohit scored 131 in 84 balls and Kishan a run-a-ball 47. India won by eight wickets.