In what comes as a big blow for the Team India, their star opener Shubman Gill has reportedly tested positive for dengue and is doubtful for their opening match of the ICC World Cup 2023 against Australia, set to be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 8.
“Shubman has had a high fever since landing in Chennai. His tests are being done. He will have tests on Friday and a call will be taken on his participation in the opening game,” a BCCI source privy to team developments told on the condition of anonymity.
In addition, sources have reported that the Indian team management is actively following Gill’s recuperation, and a decision regarding his participation will be made after further tests on Friday.
The physical recovery time for dengue patients can vary, typically spanning 7 to 10 days before they are fit and match-ready. If this timeline holds true, Shubman Gill is likely to be sidelined for the opening game against Australia.
“Let’s not jump the gun. If it’s normal viral fever, he could play on antibiotics but it’s completely the medical team’s call,” the source said.
Gill being out is definitely going to sting India’s batting strength. The young batting sensation has been a run machine for India this year, establishing himself as one of the top openers in world cricket right now, with an average of over 70 runs in ODIs.