Major Setback for Team India as Shubman Gill Tests Positive for Dengue Ahead of World Cup 2023

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Concerns rise over Gill's availability for the crucial match; Ishan Kishan in line for possible opening role

Shubman Gill

CHENNAI: In a concerning turn of events for Team India, their star batsman Shubman Gill's health has taken a hit just before the highly anticipated ODI World Cup opener against Australia. Gill's current health condition has raised apprehensions about his participation and performance in the crucial match scheduled for Sunday. If Gill is unable to play, it is likely that Ishan Kishan may be given the opportunity to open the innings.

Shubman Gill, one of India's most successful batsmen in ODI cricket, has reportedly been battling high fever in recent days. Sources reveal that he has tested positive for dengue, adding to India's concerns. A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) source, requesting anonymity, stated, "Shubman has been suffering from high fever ever since he arrived in Chennai. He has been tested, and further tests are scheduled for today. A decision regarding his participation in the first match will be made based on the results." Typically, dengue patients require seven to ten days for a complete recovery.

The Indian team and fans alike are eagerly awaiting updates on Gill's health and his availability for this crucial clash against Australia. The uncertainty surrounding his participation has shifted the focus to potential replacements, with Ishan Kishan being considered for the opening slot if Gill is unable to feature.