Talented India opener Shubman Gill recently opened up on how devastated he was after testing positive for dengue ahead of the ongoing 2023 World Cup. However, Gill revealed that he had symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness during India’s final warm-up match against the Netherlands at the Greenfield International Stadium as well. He also shared that he lost six kilograms during that time, which was one of the most challenging things for him as well.
Speaking to the ICC, the talented youngster said: “I don’t know where I got my dengue. In the second practice match against the Netherlands in Trivandrum, that’s where I started getting the symptoms. It was very frustrating for me, especially because it was my first World Cup. I was looking very forward to it. The hardest aspect for me was the weight loss. I lost about six kilograms.”
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill also shared the importance of scoring big runs while being in good form. He added that his main focus is to bat for a long period as well. However, he further stated that performing consistently at the highest level is one of the biggest challenges for him as well.
“When you know that you are getting the runs, you want to finish the job for your team. You want to be able to be there for as long as possible and score as much as possible. That has been what I have been striving for,” Shubman Gill concluded. “Playing for your country is a motivation in itself, and to be able to win and perform every game and to be able to have that motivation and hunger in you is a bit challenging at times. But to be able to be as consistent as you can be is the real challenge.”