Their third choice Ishan Kishan didn't work out and they zeroed in on Gill, who could also be seen as a potential captaincy candidate.
A win for the Kiwis would shut India's hopes of advancing to the last-four as it would take them to eight points, putting things beyond the reach of Virat Kohli's men.
Afghanistan, who have played four games in the Super 12 stage, are sitting at the second spot, with four points and a net-run rate of +1.481.
This was also the highest total in this edition of T20 World Cup but one can only hope that it hasn't come two matches too late.
Hamid Hassan, who picked three wickets against Namibia last week, also pointed out how well Afghanistan batsmen have performed in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
Defending a tricky 148, Afghanistan brought in the star leg-spinner only in the 11th over with Pakistan needing 76 runs from 60 balls.
Not many would have expected a near stampede situation as groups of Afghanistan fans tried to get into the Dubai International Cricket Stadium without tickets.
The video was posted by Rashid on Instagram where Kane Williamson and David Warner could be seen sharing their views on fasting.
Appearing in his second T20 World Cup, Rashid feels spinners are always "effective" on pitches at three venues in the UAE, where the Super 12s, the semi-finals and final will be played.
Afghanistan's star leg spinner, Rashid Khan, also picked retired South African legend AB de Villiers, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Kieron Pollard among his favourites ahead of the T20 WC.
Afghanistan Cricket Board Executive Director Hamid Shinwari has recently been replaced by one Naseebullah Haqqani.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are third in the table and there will be close analysis of the leadership skills of "King" Kohli.
Sources in SunRisers Hyderabad confirmed the two Afghanistan players have joined the team and are currently completing their quarantine period.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is yet to officially announce Nabi's appointment as captain but the 36-year-old all-rounder tweeted that he has been chosen to lead the team.
Afghanistan has been in turmoil following the take over of the country by Taliban.