Shubman Gill on Wednesday said the after-effects of dengue were responsible for missing a hundred in India’s semi-final against New Zealand. Gill made 80 not out in India’s 70-run win but had to retire injured due to cramps in Mumbai’s humid and hot conditions. The batsman spoke about his fitness after India’s win and said he suffered from cramps due to his reduced muscle mass as a result of dengue which he suffered at the start of the World Cup.
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Gill also confirmed that he is fit to play in the 2023 World Cup final.
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“I haven’t really adjusted anything in terms of my stick but because I’ve lost a bit of muscle mass, I think the reserve I used to have before dengue has decreased a bit… You get cramps when you’re. playing in damp conditions, but for me [it] happens after a long period of time, not so soon. But because I think I lost a bit of muscle mass; the reserve has gone down a little bit,” he said at a post-match press conference.
The batsman added that a century was not what he was missing as India reached the winning total (397/4) with Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer slamming centuries.
“I would have had my first if I hadn’t suffered the cramps. The total we were trying to achieve, regardless of whether I got a hundred or not, we were able to get there which we were really hoping for around the 25th or 30th more,” Gill said. to the media after the game.
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“We did that a lot and it didn’t matter if I got a hundred or not,” Gill said.
Gill was also asked about the pitch controversy for the first semi-final of this World Cup, but the batsman did not know how big it was.
A few media reports mentioned that BCCI switched to a used surface for the semi-final from a fresh pre-paved pitch.
“I have just now found out that there was a dispute about the pitch. What was the controversy?” Gill said and asked.
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Gill also praised his opening partner and captain Rohit Sharma who once again played a blistering knock (47 off 29 balls) that helped India score a healthy total.
“Everything about him inspires me. When I’m partnered with him, I’m mostly stationed at the non-stalker end. In around 10 overs I could only face 15-20 balls and Rohit bhai keeps going, four here and another six,” Gill added.
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