Every member of India‘s 2023 World Cup squad has collectively reached out to their enthusiastic fanbase, appealing for unwavering support throughout the tournament. The Men in Blue, set to commence their campaign against Australia in Chennai on Sunday, October 8, conveyed this message in a video shared by BCCI on Instagram.
The players encouraged fans to stand by the team and promised to dedicate themselves to the pursuit of World Cup glory on the field. The Indian team is calling on their fans to support them enthusiastically before their 2023 World Cup opener against Australia.
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Shubman Gill has not been officially excluded from India’s first match
Before their opening match, Indian captain Rohit Sharma addressed the media and mentioned that Shubman Gill, his opening partner, hasn’t been definitively ruled out yet. Gill has had a remarkable 2023, particularly in ODIs, amassing an impressive 1230 runs with five centuries, including a double hundred against New Zealand.
Despite reports of Shubman Gill being diagnosed with dengue fever, Rohit Sharma informed the press that the team management will not confirm his unavailability until the final moments.
He said: “Gill is not feeling well, giving him every chance to see how he feels. Not ruled out yet. Shubman Gill is sick, I feel for him. I want him to be well. As a human being first, not as captain. He is a young boy, has fit body and he will recovery.”
The home team emerged victorious in the recent ODI series against Australia, but this achievement might not hold much weight as Australia typically elevates its performance during World Cups.
India’s World Cup Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami.