Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has confirmed that star opener Shubman Gill has not been ruled out yet as he is feeling better. The young batter has been diagnosed with dengue and missed the training session in Chennai ahead of India’s World Cup opener against Australia.
“Shubman Gill is feeling better, we have 36 hours to go, medical team is monitoring him, he isn’t ruled out yet,” Rahul Dravid said in the press conference on Friday.
There are doubts over Shubman’s availability for the Australia clash but Dravid has asserted that there are still 36 hours to go and the medical team is monitoring him. “We will have to wait for more updates from the medical team,” Rahul Dravid added.
Shubman has been in terrific form this year and is ranked number 2 in the ICC ODI batting charts. He narrowed the gap between him and top-ranked Babar Azam to just 10 rating points. The 23-year-old opener has scored 1230 runs in 20 matches this year and also scored a historic double century. He also scored a century against Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series prior to the World Cup.
In case Shubman misses out on Sunday’s clash, India will most likely go for Ishan Kishan as the opening partner for skipper Rohit Sharma. Kishan has also been in decent touch in recent times and also opened the innings for India in the first two ODIs against Australia.
Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid also suggested that the team that will adapt to conditions well will stand out in the ongoing World Cup.
“We all try to read pitches but in the end its about executing skills on that pitch. I don’t think this World Cup will be decided by how you read a pitch. Adapting to conditions will be crucial,” Rahul Dravid added.