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Gill on the road to recovery; Pakistan game participation unknown

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Although Shubman Gill is nearing full recovery, it’s still unclear whether he’ll play in Saturday’s crucial match against Pakistan. After just recovering from Dengue fever, the 24-year-old starter enjoyed a lengthy net session on Thursday morning. It’s not yet known whether he will be cleared to participate in the main event.

On Thursday, Gill spent nearly an hour at the Narendra Modi Stadium after arriving there at 11 a.m. He started with warm-up exercises and then went to the fields next to the main stadium for batting practice. Gill spent roughly 30 minutes at the batting nets after the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) scheduled a net session with six bowlers and a throwdown expert.

Gill’s absence from the starting lineup on Saturday will be a setback for the group. He was instrumental in the last Asia Cup match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colombo. He boldly took on the feared Shaheen Shah Afridi early in the innings and comfortably reached the half-century mark. India won by 228 runs in that match, securing a stunning victory.

Zaka Ashraf, the president of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), landed in Ahmedabad late on Thursday night. Ashraf and his wife have arrived in the city, according to the Pakistani team, and they will be in India for the match on Saturday. A PCB representative stated, “He has come here as a guest of the BCCI.”

The BCCI has confirmed that a cultural presentation will take place on Saturday afternoon. Before the action gets started at 2 o’clock, the BCCI has lined up a number of vocalists to keep the spectators entertained. The performance is planned to run from 12:30 to 1:00 PM for 30 minutes. As usual, the throw will take place at 1:30 PM.

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