India’s young batting star, Shubman Gill, was spotted putting in intense practice at the nets in preparation for the much-awaited match against their arch-rivals, Pakistan, in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. This highly anticipated showdown will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday, October 14.
Despite India’s successful start to the tournament, with victories over Australia and Afghanistan, they faced a significant setback due to Gill’s absence. He had been diagnosed with Dengue just days before the World Cup began, and he was even hospitalized before the match against Afghanistan.
After joining his teammates in Ahmedabad, Gill engaged in a one-hour practice session on Thursday, October 12, and seemed to be in decent form.
His participation in the Pakistan match was still uncertain at that time. Nevertheless, he attended the last practice session on Friday, displaying strong dedication during his net practice.
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The video showcases Shubman Gill exuding confidence as he practices his batting skills in the nets against a left-arm bowler. This suggests his readiness to face Pakistan’s prominent left-arm fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
India and Pakistan will face each other in the World Cup on October 14th in Ahmedabad
Gill plays a pivotal role for the Indian team in the current World Cup. The 24-year-old has had an exceptional year, amassing 1,230 runs in just 20 one-day internationals at an impressive average of 72.35. He was a key contributor to India’s Asia Cup success, emerging as the tournament’s top scorer.
During six matches, this top-order batsman compiled 302 runs at an average of 75.50 and a strike rate of 93.49, which includes a century against Bangladesh and two half-century-plus scores.
He is expected to feature for India in the match against Pakistan. It will mark the eighth time India and Pakistan have met in a 50-over World Cup, with India currently holding a 7-0 advantage in head-to-head encounters.