The Indian cricket team is on the hunt for a third ODI World Cup title, and they are one of the strongest contenders to go the distance. However, one of their prolific performers, Shubman Gill, is suffering from dengue and is yet to reach a position to play his first 50-over World Cup game.
The 24-year-old missed India’s first match against Australia on Sunday and is also ruled out of the clash against Afghanistan on Wednesday. Shubman’s platelet count recently dropped below 1,00,000 per microliter, and he was subsequently admitted to a hospital in Chennai for observation.
“Gill’s platelet count dropped below 1,00,000 and he was hospitalised a day before – October 8 – for observation purpose. Nothing alarming there as he is already back in the hotel on October 9 and continues to receive treatment there. Ever since he has landed in Chennai, all his treatment – from regular dose of glucose and other procedures – has been happening in hotel only,” a source told CricketNext.
The Punjab batter didn’t travel with the team to Delhi for the Afghanistan game as the team management wasn’t keen on changing the doctor and the medical team that has been treating him in Chennai. However, the good news is that he was released from the hospital on October 9 and is currently resting in his hotel, while being monitored by the BCCI medical team.
Update: Shubman Gill has now been discharged from the Chennai hospital and is back in the hotel. He is doing fine and is own his way to recovery https://t.co/cDmGQH4GzT
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“Travel to Delhi would have meant consulting a new facility and doctor in Delhi. The management didn’t want that to happen and kept him back in Chennai to avoid any needless travel too. He is expected to join the team only when clearance comes from the doctor. Right now, he is under constant watch of BCCI medical team and the doctors in Chennai, who have been treating him ever since he came to Chennai,” added the source.
India play Pakistan on Saturday, October 14 in Ahmedabad in the ODI World Cup 2023. It would be very difficult for Shubman to get fit and ready to play in the high-voltage clash. However, the positive news is that he is recovering well and should return to the field soon.
“Gill’s vital signs are improving and he is on the right path of recovery – 70-80% recovered. Difficult to say when he will return but things are looking good,” concluded the source.