Shubman Gill, displaying promising form from the beginning of the innings, had to retired hurt due to leg cramps during the World Cup 2023 semifinal clash between India and New Zealand at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Shubman Gill, batting at 79 off 65 balls, left the field, concluding his 93-run partnership for the second wicket with Virat Kohli.
According to the ICC World Cup 2023 Playing Conditions, Shubman Gill can resume his innings. The regulations state that a batter may retire when the ball is dead. If the retirement is due to illness, injury, or any unavoidable cause, the batter has the right to continue the innings. If the batter does not resume, the notation would be ‘Retired – not out.’
Why Shubman Gill Retired Hurt?
Shubman Gill’s retired hurt, attributed to excessive heat at the Wankhede, disrupted India’s innings after an impressive start. However, there is optimism that he might return to the crease later. Shreyas Iyer took over the batting responsibilities in the 21st over after Shubman Gill left the field.
In the earlier part of the match, Rohit Sharma’s aggressive approach propelled India to a strong start, amassing 118 runs for losing one wicket in 15 overs. Despite Rohit’s dismissal, Shubman Gill continued the momentum, reaching an unbeaten 79 before his retirement due to cramps. The Indian batting lineup, functioning seamlessly, showcased resilience, with Shreyas Iyer making significant contributions upon joining the middle.
The match unfolded as a crucial World Cup 2023 semifinal, with India aiming to continue their flawless campaign and New Zealand seeking redemption after a mixed run in the tournament. The encounter promises to be a challenging battle between two formidable teams.