The cricketing world is abuzz with anticipation as the ODI World Cup 2023 has started with a captivating game between England and New Zealand on Thursday. Hosts India will begin their campaign against Australia on Sunday. However, India face an unsettling challenge before their inaugural clash as Shubman Gill, the renowned opener, finds himself shrouded in uncertainty due to a health setback that threatens India’s top-order stability.

Shubman Gill grappling with fever

Gill, an indispensable cog in India’s batting machinery, has been grappling with a persistent high fever since his arrival in Chennai, the venue for India’s showdown with Australia on October 8. His medical condition is now a point of concern, with his potential participation in the crucial fixture pending a comprehensive evaluation of his health.

An insider privy to the workings of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) provided insights into Gill’s ongoing health struggles, revealing that tests are being conducted and his involvement in the clash against the Aussies looks doubtful.

“Shubman has been wrestling with a stubborn fever since touching down in Chennai. We are conducting tests, and further assessments are scheduled for Friday. A decision on his involvement in the inaugural match hinges on these evaluations. It’s imperative that we exercise caution and rely on the guidance of our medical team,” said a BCCI source.

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Ishan Kishan as the possible replacement

In case Gill stays unfit for the match, the Indian team management might look for Ishan Kishan as a viable alternative to partner captain Rohit Sharma at the top of the batting order. Kishan is renowned for his swashbuckling style of play and his proficiency in the limited-overs format.

Kishan has already etched his name in ODI history with a remarkable double century, showcasing his potential to provide a quick and dynamic start to India’s innings. If called upon, the left-handed batter could emerge as a game-changer, fortifying India’s top order.

With the clock ticking down to the commencement of ODI World Cup 2023, all eyes are firmly fixed on Gill’s medical condition. The Indian team, led by Rohit, will be fervently hoping for a positive resolution and keen to embark on their World Cup journey with a resounding victory over arch-rivals Australia.

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