Rohit Sharma, the captain of India's cricket team, indicated on Friday during a pre-match press conference that Shubman Gill is highly likely to be fit for the match against Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 14. Rohit Sharma said Shubman Gill is ‘99 percent’ available for the high-octane match between two rivals.
Gill had contracted dengue fever just before India's World Cup opener against Australia in Chennai and has been in the process of recovering since. Following a partial recovery at a Chennai hospital, he arrived in Ahmedabad on October 12 and engaged in a closed-door net practice session.
Shubman Gill attended the practice session on the eve of the highly anticipated World Cup clash against Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Notably, Gill who arrived in Ahmedabad wearing a mask on Wednesday was without it as he arrived for the practice session.
The Indian opener was in Chennai where he was being treated, and could not take part in India's first two matches of the tournament against Australia and Afghanistan.
"I've done everything that I can from my side to prepare well for each game" - Rohit Sharma
When asked by a reporter at the pre-match press conference about what the changes in his preparation, Rohit claimed he hasn't done a lot and highlighted doing certain routine things to be ready for every game. The opening batter elaborated:
"Not a lot to be honest. I know what are the things that I need to do to find success on the field in terms of me as a player and then me as a captain. But speaking of just the player first, the batter, I think there are certain boxes for me that I have to tick before every game, just to get you that confidence. And I thought I've done everything that I can from my side to prepare well for each game. Because we know every day is a new day, fresh day. And you start your fresh day as a new challenge.
Pakistan are yet to win a 50-over World Cup match against India and will look to break that hoodoo this time.