IND Vs NZ Semi-Final, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Injury Blow For India As Shubman Gill Retires Hurt Against New Zealand - Watch

Luck threw a spanner in the works for India after their blistering start against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Semi-Final. Shubman Gill, whose quick-fire semi-century had helped the Men in Blue get off to a fast start, was forced to retire hurt midway through the innings.


Shubman Gill

Following a blistering start to his innings, Shubman Gill was forced to walk back to the pavilion due to injury in India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Semi-Final tie against New Zealand. Gill, reportedly, suffered from cramps and was unable to continue; he was promptly replaced by Shreyas Iyer on the pitch with Virat Kohli set at the other end after Rohit Sharma's early exit.  (Match Blog | Scorecard | Preview | Key Battles)

Gill reached 79 off 65 balls, hitting eight fours and three sixes along the way, before the untimely injury resulted in premature conclusion of his innings. India, who are favourites to progress to the final, will hope that their opening batter's ailment isn't too serious, given the form he has been in so far in the tournament. 


India won the toss and chose to bat in the first semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 15. India are playing the same XI as in their previous game against Netherlands, and New Zealand too are unchanged. The toss assumes importance at the Wankhede Stadium where the ball tends to swing a lot more under lights and the average second innings score has been 188 as against 357 in the first innings.

Happy to win the toss, India captain Rohit Sharma said: "It looks like a good pitch and on the slower side as well. I think it was way back in 2019 when we played that semi-final. New Zealand has been one of the most consistent teams over the years and it will be a good contest. I think it's a very important day, but you've to turn up on that particular day."


Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson said they would have had a bat first as well if they won the toss. "Obviously, a used surface and hopefully some dew in the evening. Looking forward to the challenge ahead. It should be a good game. Both teams have seen a variety of conditions and it's knockout cricket really," Williamson added.

India have had an unbeaten run in the tournament so far, notching up nine wins in the nine league games they have played. The Kiwis, on the other hand, stumbled mid-way in the group stage and scraped into the semi-finals, edging out Pakistan for the fourth spot with five wins out of nine games.

In a reprise of the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final that ended in heartbreak for India, Rohit Sharma's men are taking on New Zealand in the first last-four clash of the 2023 ODI World Cup. India had narrowly lost the 2019 semi-final, with MS Dhoni's run-out imprinted in cricket lovers' memories. The hosts are aiming to leave that loss behind and gun for their third title in the showpiece event after the triumphs of 1983 and 2011. 

Playing XIs

India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.


New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.