"Shubman Gill is 99% available; we will see tomorrow," Rohit Sharma stated during the pre-match press conference on Friday.
Gill, who has been in scintillating form recently and is currently the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year, missed the first two matches of India's World Cup campaign due to a bout of dengue.
However, he has made a remarkable recovery and has returned to practice ahead of the India vs. Pakistan showdown. During his absence, Ishan Kishan has admirably filled in as the opening batsman alongside Captain Rohit Sharma.
Gill's illness prompted the BCCI medical team to monitor his condition closely in Chennai, where he spent a night in the hospital. He didn't travel with the India squad to Delhi for their match against Afghanistan but flew directly to Ahmedabad on Wednesday, eager to make a comeback on the big stage.
While there were initial concerns that Gill might also miss the crucial Pakistan match, Rohit Sharma's confirmation of his availability has raised hopes of seeing the talented opener back in action.
The India vs. Pakistan fixture at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad holds immense significance, not only for the passionate fans but also for the tournament itself. It is taking place at the world's largest cricket venue in terms of seating capacity.
Rohit Sharma expressed confidence in his team's ability to perform under pressure and welcomed the support of the home crowd. "All guys are used to playing in front of big crowds; it can only work in your favour, not against you. Boys really enjoy... anywhere we go, people come out in huge numbers," he said.
In terms of the playing eleven, India employed three spinners in their opening match against Australia in Chennai but adapted to the conditions in Delhi, incorporating a pace-bowling all-rounder.
Rohit Sharma acknowledged the possibility of returning to a three-pronged spin attack in Ahmedabad, contingent on the pitch conditions. "I don't know, haven't looked at the wicket. If the requirement is there to play three spinners, we will," he stated, keeping the strategy flexible based on the conditions.
Cricket fans across the globe eagerly await the India vs. Pakistan clash, which promises to be a thrilling encounter, and Shubman Gill's potential return to the lineup adds further intrigue to the contest.
The cricketing world will be glued to their screens on Saturday to witness this high-stakes showdown.">