Ishan Kishan to Open with Rohit Sharma in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023!

World Cup 2023: In the much-anticipated showdown between India and Australia at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, it appears that Ishan Kishan may step up to partner with Rohit Sharma at the top of the batting order. The Indian team faces a challenging situation as concerns loom over the fitness of Shubman Gill just ahead of their opening World Cup encounter against Australia.

Reports indicate that Gill’s availability for Sunday’s crucial match remains uncertain. In the event that Shubman Gill is unable to take the field, Ishan Kishan is emerging as the leading candidate to fill the void.

Known for his explosive batting performances in ODIs, Shubman Gill is currently grappling with health issues, particularly a high temperature. A source within the BCCI, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the star Indian opener is scheduled to undergo tests for dengue on Friday, with a decision regarding his participation contingent on the test results.

“Shubman has been battling a high fever since arriving in Chennai. Tests are being conducted, and a decision regarding his participation in the opening game will be made after the results are known,” stated a BCCI source.

The source further added, “Let’s not jump the gun. If it turns out to be a routine viral fever, he could potentially play with the aid of antibiotics, but this is entirely at the discretion of the medical team.”

Shubman Gill’s illness has persisted since his arrival in Chennai, preventing him from participating in the Indian team’s practice sessions on Thursday. This development has ignited speculation regarding Rohit Sharma’s opening partner in the crucial clash against Australia, with KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan emerging as potential candidates.

However, KL Rahul is unlikely to be slotted into the opening position, given his current role as a middle-order batsman and wicketkeeper, as confirmed by Captain Rohit Sharma and Head Coach Rahul Dravid. Consequently, Ishan Kishan emerges as the top contender to assume the opening role. Notably, Kishan has demonstrated his ability to perform capably when entrusted with opening duties, as exemplified in India’s previous encounters against the West Indies.

Furthermore, the prevailing slow and low playing surface in Chennai is expected to favor the inclusion of R Ashwin in the playing XI. Rohit Sharma is keen on capitalizing on the pitch conditions, recognizing Ashwin’s effectiveness on home turf. Chennai is Ashwin’s home ground, and no one is more acquainted with its nuances than him within the squad.

As the countdown to the clash between these cricketing giants continues, all eyes will be on the Indian team’s final decision regarding Shubman Gill’s availability and the composition of their batting lineup in this high-stakes encounter against Australia.

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