Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill Tests Positive for Dengue Ahead of India’s World Cup 2023 Opener Against Australia

Shubman Gill

The World Cup 2023 has kicked off with India set to face Australia in their first match. However, just before this crucial encounter, a report reveals that opener Shubman Gill has tested positive for dengue.

The opening match of the World Cup 2023 pits India against Australia, scheduled for Sunday. This unfortunate news comes as a setback for Indian cricket fans, as Shubman Gill, a key player, has fallen victim to dengue just before the game. While there is speculation that Gill might miss the match, there has been no official confirmation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The match between India and Australia is to be played in Chennai. Currently, Team India is practicing at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, but Shubman Gill is notably absent from these sessions. His dengue test returned positive, and he is under the close observation of the team’s management and medical staff. His condition will be reevaluated on Friday, and if his recovery progresses well, there is a possibility he may still participate. However, if his health does not improve, he might be ruled out of the opening match against Australia.

The Indian team is now exploring replacement options for Shubman Gill. India has the likes of Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul as viable alternatives. Captain Rohit Sharma may consider giving KL Rahul the opportunity, who has an impressive record as an opener in One-Day Internationals, with 669 runs and two centuries in that role. Rahul has also played seven matches at number two, scoring 246 runs during that period.

It’s worth noting that the first match of the World Cup 2023 was played between England and New Zealand, with New Zealand securing a victory by nine wickets. India’s opening match against Australia is set to take place in Chennai on Sunday, and the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash is scheduled for October 14th.

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