Still no Shubman Gill as India arrive for Afghanistan match

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The Indian team arrived here for Wednesday’s match against Afghanistan without opener Shubman Gill, who is reportedly down with dengue and has stayed back in Chennai under the observation of the medical team.

According to sources, the in-form opener is racing against time to be fit for the match against Pakistan in Ahmedabad on Oct 14.

His absence in Wednesday’s game, though, isn’t expected to hurt India, although the top order did look shaky in his absence against the Australians.

Going by how the pitch here at the Arun Jaitley stadium played during the match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on Saturday, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer can’t expect a better strip to get their campaign up and running.

Another run fest in the offing the pitch here aided seam movement upfront with the new ball.
The Indian team’s sole objective against the Afghans will be to boost their net run rate and stay ahead in the competition. The centre pitch, which is to be used on Wednesday, will be shaved a bit more. The autumn weather here will not dry out the pitch.

Afghanistan’s superstar spin attack led by Rashid Khan will have their task cut out. The last match here yielded 750 runs.

India refuse to take morning flights after late games With India scheduled to play six matches in two weeks across the country, the team has made it clear that it won’t be any taking morning flights, in order to give their bodies enough time to recover after an evening game.

Early-morning flights were done away with during the last IPL as well. “The players are used to travelling across the country and playing matches on the bounce.

They know how to take care of their bodies. One thing that has been categorically communicated is that there shouldn’t be morning flights even if there are small gaps between games,” a source close to the team management told TOI. Unlike the World Cup in 2011, the team isn’t having a tough time with nosy fans while travelling. “It has been very smooth,” the source added.

Source: The Times of India