Before midday on Thursday, Shubman Gill participated in a private batting practise in Motera and also practised some fielding techniques as he played in his first game since being treated for dengue.

After his platelet count dropped on Monday evening, Gill was rushed to a private hospital in Chennai. The star batter had treatment there and was released on Tuesday morning.

Before India’s opening match against Australia, skipper Rohit Sharma stressed that the team’s management will give Shubman Gill every opportunity to recover fully from his sickness before deciding whether or not to make him available.

The man is ill. I’m sorry for him. However, I want him to improve because I’m a human being first, not because the captain wants Gill to play tomorrow. No, I want him to recover because, as you may know, he is a young man. He has a fit body, so he would recuperate soon, Rohit had previously stated.

Ishan Kishan, who replaced Shubman Gill as the opener, was dismissed for 0 against Australia but got things rolling in New Delhi with a run-a-ball 47 against Afghanistan.

Siddharth Monga’s India vs Pakistan fever dream

I had a fever last night for the first time in three nights. I awoke about four in the morning with a fever and a fever dream.


These have been frequent over the past three nights, vivid, all-consuming, and still incredibly hard for me to recall when I wake up with a dry throat. And yet whenever I try to fall asleep again, I keep having the same dream.

I do recall explaining to IP that no recovery can start unless we acknowledge that everything that has happened thus far and everything that has brought us to this point in life was inevitable. that nobody could have prevented that and nothing could have been done. that nobody is at fault. Then we can continue.

Okay, it’s operating right now. Putting things in writing can aid in memory. I can now clearly recall IP’s worries. They disliked who they had developed into. They merely desired a memorable cricket match with outstanding performances.

Recollections of the period when an entire nation welcomed those from the other side, refusing to let them pay for food or clothing and demonstrating to them how wonderfully they were treated had taken care of the Nankana Sahib gurudwara that had been left behind, welcoming neighbours into their houses, exchanging opinions on dal makhni, butter chicken, and mangoes, and understanding how similar everyone was. Recollections of the time when one section of a stadium decided that the best way to cope with the tragedy they had just experienced was to cheer for the opposition as the superior team, only for that sentiment to spread like wildfire and resonate well beyond the stands.

Recollections of even last year, when supporters of both teams danced together outside the MCG, raising the already well-known song to a degree attained by very few works of art: a unifying force for nations at odds, which is rather appropriate as the song at its core This is a lament from the song’s author who, due to the circumstances of our time, was unable to visit India to work on a project.

India and Pakistan came together to play the most amazing T20I that night in Melbourne, which ended with a last-ball finish and a roar that my colleague Alex Malcolm’s partner could hear at their house two suburbs away. The match’s afterglow was visible on the faces of people leaving the MCG. Now, the MCG has hosted significant football matches, but none quite like it.

The problem, as IP duly pointed out, is that all of these memories have since turned into aberrations, which nearly made me feel better. All the ugly memories returned. Two Tests after Pakistan received that standing ovation in Chennai in 1999, the burning still stands. The throwing of rocks towards Indian fielders 15 years prior to the two teams launching their memorable tour in 2004, in Karachi. According to IP, for every positive event that occurs to them occasionally, there are tens of instances of ugly behaviour, hatred, nationalism, opportunistic politics, and capitalism.

I inquired once more if anything might have gone differently. Or was there a chance that the cricket rivalry would merely bring up pleasant memories? How many elements would we need to remove for IP to just continue as a cricket match, after all? the 1947 partition. the 1965 conflict. Of 1971. 1999’s Kargil. The most recent fight isn’t even a historical one. Many of the survivors are still living, and they continue to consider the victims and the tragedies of such a horrific event time.

I recollect telling IP that they needed to accept reality for their own peace of mind. You were never meant to be just another friendly cricket match between two neighbours, like, say, Australia and New Zealand. You have no say in the matter. You were going to be the means by which our feelings of hatred, anxiety, fear, vengeance, pettiness, shame, guilt, love, joy, dreams, forgiveness, pain, and reconciliation might be justified or, at times, simply expressed.
As far as I’m aware, until two days before the Pakistan game, just four Pakistanis who weren’t a part of the Pakistan team bubble attended the game: commentators Waqar Younis and Ramiz Raja, a statistician named Mazher Arshad, and businessman-turned-superfan Bashir Chacha. On my trip from Delhi to Ahmedabad on Thursday, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, his family, and other delegates could arrive and receive a greeting befitting their stature, as well as writer Shahid Hashmi.

However, spectators are unlikely to see India and Pakistan face off. the pasooris of our contemporary world!

In my daze, I recalled a news conference of a BCCI official from late July where the official refused to even discuss the rules for supporters to attend.

Even in a regular state, I would be unsure of how to interpret it. All I can think about right now is what I believe I told IP: trust in Haris Rauf, Babar Azam, Jasprit Bumrah, and Virat Kohli, and everything would be fine. They will communicate in Punjabi. They will play fantastic cricket with their teammates. They will once more rise above this.

It won’t quite be MCG, but “Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror,” which has been playing in my head nonstop over the past three days, will come close. Simply keep moving. No emotion is permanent. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke is the author of that passage. Heroes by David Bowie is playing in my head. Let’s all play the hero. merely for the day.

Team news

Shubman Gill, the team’s opening batsman, has returned after missing the Australia and Afghanistan matches due to dengue infection. Ishan Kishan will continue to start the batting with Sharma since Gill is anticipated to miss the Pakistan game as well.

Also on the table is the possibility of India bringing back off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

When Pakistan switched to batting against Sri Lanka, it worked wonderfully. Abdullah Shafique produced a magnificent century on his World Cup debut. In addition to giving the batting lineup, which is so reliant on the skipper Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan, more strength, it also temporarily demotes the out-of-sorts Fakhar Zaman to the sidelines.


Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj


Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf


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