Gill was batting on 79 when he walked off the field in the 23rd over of India’s innings. He returned to bat in the final match, after the fall of the fourth wicket, and featured during New Zealand’s innings. He has since confirmed that he is fit to play in the World Cup final in Ahmedabad on November 19.
“It started with cramps and then I pulled my hamstring a little bit,” Gill said in his post-match press conference. “It was very humid and it was just the effects of dengue.”
Gill returned to the Indian national team after missing the first two league matches, and has played all eight of their matches since then. While he noted that it had not had any major impact on his playing style, Gill said that dengue had left him with reduced muscle mass.
“Honestly I haven’t adjusted anything in terms of my hitting, but because I’ve lost a bit of muscle mass, I think the reserve I had before dengue has gone down a bit.” […] You get cramps when you play in wet conditions, but for me [it] He explained that this happens after a long period of time, and not so quickly. But because I think I lost a little muscle mass; “The reserve has decreased a little.”
“If I didn’t have a cramp, I probably would have scored a hundred,” said Gill, who scored an unbeaten 80 in 66 balls. “But I think the total we were trying to get to, regardless of whether you scored a hundred or not, we got there. We had hopes of scoring around 400, and we had expectations that by 25 or 30 we should be scoring those runs.” “I’ve done a lot of runs, we’ve done that, so it doesn’t matter whether you make a century or not.”
Kohli’s 117 was his 50th century in ODIs – the innings surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing record of 49. Asked about the experience of playing alongside Kohli, Gill cited the senior’s thirst for success as his most inspiring quality.
“You know, every time he comes to the park, he does something special, and how well he’s been able to do that over the last 10 to 15 years is what really inspires him,” he said. “And I think, for me, it’s not so much the skill that he has, but it’s more about the hunger when he goes out there and the intensity with which he plays the game is what inspires me. And to be able to have that consistently as long as he does that is what really inspires me.” “