Shubman Gill, the Indian opener, missed the first two matches of the current World Cup 2023 due to a dengue fever test. Gill remained in Chennai and did not fly to Delhi since he was ill and recuperating in the hospital. Gill arrived in Ahmedabad and conducted his first net practice ahead of India's high-octane encounter with Pakistan. However, Gill's involvement remains uncertain. Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh claimed that his World Cup 2011 tale prompted Gill to soon join the team.
"Shubham Gill ko maine tagda kar diya hai [I have strengthened Shubham Gill]. I told him that I had played in the World Cup while battling cancer, so I got ready quickly to join the team. Hopefully, he will be ready for the India vs Pakistan game. When you have a fever and dengue it is really tough to play a cricket match and I have experienced that. So I hope that if he is fit then he will definitely play," Yuvraj told ANI.
Yuvraj battled cancer and even vomited blood during his century against West Indies. The southpaw contributed with both bat and ball and played a vital role in India lifting the World Cup trophy after 28 years. He was named ‘Player of the series’ with 362 runs and 15 wickets in the tournament. 12 years later, India have another chance to win the World Cup trophy at home.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav