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While everyone is fit, Rohit Sharma offers the most recent information regarding Shubman Gill's availability for the World Cup opener

While everyone is fit, Rohit Sharma offers the most recent information regarding Shubman Gill's availability for the World Cup opener

The Indian squad will play their opening match of the 2023 ODI World Cup at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium against Australia, the five-time champions.

The Men in Blue are worried about the health of their ace opener Shubman Gill, who may miss at least the opening game owing to illness, according to rumours.

Before the crucial game against the Australians, skipper Rohit Sharma stated that the squad will give Gill every opportunity to heal and that the right-hander is still very much a possibility.

Since the team arrived in Chennai, Gill has not attended the stadium's practise sessions for India. On Friday, it became known that the right-handed batter is ill, potentially as a result of a high temperature.

"While everyone is in good shape, Gill has not fully recovered. He's ill, but there's no reason to worry about injuries. We are keeping a regular eye on him because he is not feeling well. "As he is not ruled out, we are going to give him every opportunity to heal and see how he feels," Rohit stated during the news conference held before the game.

With 1230 runs in 20 games this year at an average of 72.35 and a strike rate of 105.03, Gill, a vital batsman for India at the top, is now dominating the run-scoring table in the One-Day Internationals.

"I want him to recover because I care about him and because I consider him a human first. Not because I want Gill to play captain, but rather because I want him well since nobody enjoys being sick. However, I want him to recover. "He's young, physically fit, and has a quick recovery rate," Rohit continued.

Ishan Kishan is the most likely candidate to open the innings alongside captain Rohit Sharma if Gill is ruled out of Sunday's match against Australia.

While this is going on, KL Rahul, the team management may decide not to pursue it given Rahul's solidified position in the middle order and his recent incredible run of form. Rahul is a batter and wicketkeeper.

Gill's participation in the match would be decided at the last minute by the medical team, according to India head coach Rahul Dravid, who made the announcement during a news conference on Friday.

India is aiming to win the Men's ODI World Cup for a third time, having already done so twice in 1983 and 2011. After sharing hosting the tournament in 1987, 1996, and 2011, India is hosting it alone for the first time ever for its 13th edition.

"As it always is before the start of a major tournament, spirits are high. We have prepared ourselves quite adequately for this competition. Thus, we are excited about the game and feel pretty good about our ability level," Rohit said.