ODI World Cup 2023: Who Will Shubman Gill's Cover Call Be, Yashasvi Jaiswal or Ruturaj Gaikwad?
The attention now is on Shubman Gill, who is suffering from dengue fever and will likely miss India's World Cup match against Afghanistan on Wednesday. Gill is a young batting sensation, so who could step in for him?
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad have surfaced as possible candidates to replace Gill as the senior national selection committee meets to deliberate this crucial choice during the India vs. Afghanistan game, as reported by Indian Express.
Due to illness, Gill was unable to play for the team, which has left a hole in India's batting lineup. His recent achievements highlight his value to the team, as he was the top run scorer in the Indian Premier League, the Asia Cup, and the ODIs in 2023.
But since his recuperation is anticipated to require more than a week, the selectors may be considering the necessity of finding a suitable substitute.
The selectors have been keeping an eye on Jaiswal and Gaikwad for a while now. Jaiswal has demonstrated great promise in both domestic and IPL cricket. He is renowned for his beautiful stroke play and consistency. However, Gaikwad has proven that he is a skilled opener and can provide a solid foundation for the innings.
At the Asian Games, both athletes competed and helped India win the gold medal in the men's team competition. At the age of 21 years and 279 days, Jaiswal became the youngest T20I centurion in Indian history with his amazing innings against Nepal.
When making this important choice, the selection committee will have to consider a number of factors, such as the player's current form, flexibility in different situations, and capacity to handle pressure on a global scale. The ultimate objective is to make sure the replacement contributes substantially to India's World Cup campaign and blends in with the team dynamic.
India's next match is against Afghanistan on Wednesday in Delhi, and on October 14 in Ahmedabad, they will play their highly anticipated match against Pakistan, their bitterest rivals.