Asked to confirm if Gill would or wouldn’t play the game, Dravid said, “The medical team hasn’t ruled him out as yet. We’ll keep monitoring on a day-to-day basis. We’ve got 36 hours. We’ll wait to take a decision at the last minute we possibly can. We’ll see how he feels day after tomorrow.”
Gill, who did not attend India’s training sessions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday, is the leading run-getter in ODIs this year with 1230 runs at an average of 72.35 and a strike rate of 105.03. In his last four ODIs, he has hit two centuries and a half-century, two of those knocks coming against Sunday’s opponents, Australia.
Kishan has three half-centuries in five ODIs as an opener this year, to go with an impressive 82 against Pakistan from No. 5. Rahul, who made a comeback from injury during the Asia Cup, last opened in an ODI in August 2022, against Zimbabwe. Overall, he has opened 23 times in ODIs, scoring 915 runs at an average of 43.57.
* The article was updated at 1.45pm GMT on October 6, 2023 following Rahul Dravid’s press conference.