Indian opener Shubman Gill was forced to retire hurt due to cramps during the World Cup 2023 semi-final against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Gill was on a blazing 79 off 65 deliveries when he felt the discomfort and walked off the field, bringing his promising 93-run partnership with Virat Kohli to an abrupt end.
However, according to the ICC World Cup 2023 Playing Conditions, Gill is entitled to resume his innings at a later stage.
The rule states that “A batter may retire at any time during his innings when the ball is dead. The umpires, before allowing play to proceed, shall be informed of the reason for a batter retiring. If a batter retires because of illness, injury or any other unavoidable cause, that batter is entitled to resume his innings. If for any reason this does not happen, that batter is to be recorded as ‘Retired – not out’.”
Gill’s untimely exit came during the 23rd over when Mitchell Santner was bowling. Despite the medical team’s prompt attention, Gill was unable to continue batting and had to walk off the field, leaving Shreyas Iyer to take his place.
Feel for shubman gill
He was cruising towards World Cup century…
But good decision by management to not to push his injury..
He will be key in the final and remember it’s in the Ahmedabad 😉😉#Gill #ShubmanGill #Retired#KingKohli #IndiaVsNewZealand #INDvsNZ… pic.twitter.com/aqqypwOoDU
— Brijesh Baghel (@cricbrijnerd) November 15, 2023
India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first, aiming to avenge their heartbreaking defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals. The two teams have a history of intense encounters at this stage of the tournament, making this match a highly anticipated clash.
Despite Gill’s unfortunate withdrawal, India remains confident in their ability to secure victory and advance to the final. The team’s impressive performance throughout the tournament, finishing the league stage with a perfect score of 18 points, is a testament to their strength and determination.