Batting coach Vikram Rathour has offered reassurances regarding opener Shubman Gill's health as he recovers from illness. Gill's recent hospitalization in Chennai, where his platelet count dropped, raised concerns about his availability for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Gill, who missed India's clash against Australia and remains doubtful for the showdown with Pakistan, was hospitalized as a precautionary measure. Rathour shared an update on Gill's condition during a press conference ahead of India's match against Afghanistan:
“He is recovering well; he was hospitalized yes, but that was more as a precaution. He is back in the hotel [in Chennai]. He is looking good, being monitored by the medical team. Whatever update we get, we are hoping that he will recover pretty soon.”
Vikram Rathour hopeful about Shubman Gill's return
As India navigates Gill's absence, Ishan Kishan stepped up as the opening batsman against Australia in Chennai but was dismissed for a golden duck. When asked if there have been specific discussions with Kishan, Rathour noted:
“He has opened in the past and he has played as an opener. So, no specific discussions on that. That was one of the reasons he was in the team. We knew that he can bat top of the order or in the middle order. He’s done that before, so just hoping that he comes good tomorrow.”
Update: Shubman Gill has now been discharged from the Chennai hospital and is back in the hotel. He is doing fine and is own his way to recovery https://t.co/cDmGQH4GzT— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) October 10, 2023
KL Rahul, who has been in remarkable form at No. 5, is not slated for a shift to No. 4 in the batting order, according to Rathour. The coach expressed satisfaction with Rahul's current role:
“No, not at the moment. He’s doing so well at No. 5. Shreyas [Iyer] has done really well for us at No. 4, so absolutely no temptations.”
Rathour also emphasized the team's commitment to backing their chosen players and giving them ample opportunities. He mentioned that if the situation requires it, Suryakumar Yadav, who performed impressively in the lead-up to the World Cup, will be brought into the playing XI:
“The belief of the team management is that whoever is picked should get a proper opportunity. We need to back everyone. If there is a situation where we feel Surya should be brought in, he has been batting really well, then he will definitely play.”
Suryakumar Yadav displayed his prowess with two strong half-centuries in the recent three-match ODI series against Australia, leaving the Indian team management with a valuable option for the ongoing World Cup.