Shubman Gill Recovering Well, Back in Hotel After Hospitalization, Says Vikram Rathour

India’s batting coach, Vikram Rathour, provides an update on Shubman Gill’s recovery after the opener’s hospitalization, expressing optimism for his swift return to the team.

India’s batting coach, Vikram Rathour, has delivered positive news regarding Shubman Gill’s recovery from an undisclosed illness that sidelined him for the team’s opening match against Australia in the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup. Rathour also confirmed that the right-handed opener is back at the team hotel in Chennai after a precautionary hospital stay.

On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Gill would miss India’s second match of the tournament against Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi due to his illness, while he remained under the supervision of the medical team in Chennai.

“He’s making good progress. Although he was briefly hospitalized, it was mostly done as a precautionary measure. He has returned to the hotel in Chennai and is recovering well. The medical team is closely monitoring his condition, and we are optimistic about his swift recovery,” Rathour stated during the pre-match press conference.

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Shubman Gill has been a crucial component of India’s ODI squad for the past year and a half. He currently holds the highest run tally in the format for the year, accumulating 1230 runs at an impressive average of 72.35 and a strike rate of 105.03. His recent performances include two centuries and two fifties in his last four ODI outings.

In Gill’s absence, left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan partnered with captain Rohit Sharma to open the innings in Chennai. However, India faced early setbacks, with Kishan, Rohit, and Shreyas Iyer all being dismissed without scoring, marking the first instance of three Indian ducks in an ODI.

Nonetheless, KL Rahul’s unbeaten 97 and Virat Kohli’s 85 led a remarkable recovery, enabling India to chase down the 200-run target with six wickets in hand and 52 balls to spare. This victory provided a strong start to India’s campaign in the tournament.

India will look to maintain their winning momentum when they take on Afghanistan in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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