IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) expect their starting batsman Shubman Gill fit and available for the second leg of IPL 2021 which will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month.
Gill suffered a brain stress fracture last month and is said to have been out of cricket for two months, which excluded him from the English Test series.
KKR hopeful over the availability of Shubman Gill for rescheduled IPL 2021
“We are very hopeful that he will be available for the IPL,” said KKR CEO Venky Mysore, as reported by Cricbuzz.
Earlier this month, Gill joined the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for his rehabilitation, and he has to work on an Alter-G machine – a treadmill against gravity that helps an individual to reduce his body weight while he run on it.
“He does not feel pain. Gradually, his workload increases — from slow jogging to running twice three times a week. “We are confident that the IPL is doing well, which is a month away anyway,” an informed source told Cricbuzz.
Shubman Gill has so far not fared well for KKR in IPL 2021
Gill did not make a big impact on the bat in IPL 2021, he made 132 runs from seven overs and has yet to score a fifty. Kolkata Knight Riders are in the second last position of the standings with four points, after just winning two games.
KKR players will fly to the UAE on August 27, but Gill will not travel with them as he will receive another fitness certificate from the National Cricket Academy and will likely join the team in the first week of September.
KKR resumes the tournament against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on September 20 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The last time the two teams met, RCB won by 38 runs in Chennai.