The high-stakes Australia vs India showdown is set to ignite the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, October 8.
However, Shubman Gill's health became a cause for concern as he was diagnosed with dengue fever, sparking concerns that he might miss a couple of crucial matches for the team.
But, hope springs eternal. During a pre-match press conference, Rahul Dravid provided a glimmer of optimism.
He revealed, “He’s feeling better today and the medical team is monitoring on a day-to-day basis. We will take a call on him later. The medical team hasn’t ruled him out yet. We’ll see how he feels the day after tomorrow.”
In the event Gill is unable to make a swift recovery, the young and promising Ishan Kishan could step up to the plate, partnering with the captain, Rohit Sharma, at the top of the order.
Dravid also shed light on the role of the support staff and coaches, emphasizing their duty to back the players and align with the captain's vision.
He said, “The job of the support staff and coach is to support the players and captain. And that’s what I am going to do in the next couple of months. Once the players cross the boundary line, it’s all on them. Our job is mainly in the lead-up to the tournament. We are here to support the vision of the captain.”
Looking ahead to the World Cup in India, Dravid stressed that adaptation to varying conditions and flawless execution of game plans will be key factors for success.
He remarked, “I don’t think this World Cup will be decided on how well you read the pitches but how well you play and execute their plans. Teams will have to adapt to different conditions, teams, pitches.”
The Indian fans hold their breath as Gill's recovery unfolds, with the hopes and aspirations of a nation hanging in the balance.