- Abhijeet Srivastava
- bbc correspondent
IPL second qualifier match
- Gujarat Titans: 233,3
- Shubman Gill: 129 runs, Sai Sudarshan: 43 runs (retired hurt)
- Mumbai Indians: 171,10
- Suryakumar Yadav: 61 runs, Tilak Verma: 43 runs
- Mohit Sharma: Five wickets for 10 runs in 2.2 overs
- The team of Gujarat Titans won by 62 runs, reached the final.
The toss was delayed due to rain at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, but before that Hardik Pandya was seen inspecting the pitch repeatedly.
When Rohit Sharma won the toss and asked Hardik Pandya to bat and when his opening batsmen were not scoring runs in the powerplay, it seemed that the team of Gujarat Titans, called ‘Chase Master’, was in trouble.
But in no time the clouds of difficulties began to clear… and the new run machine Shubman Gill was about to remove it.
When Wriddhiman Saha got out, Sai Sudarshan came. When he got stuck at one end, then (then) Shubman Gill, who had scored two centuries, took care of the other.
He shifted the gear and then seeing the cricket played with his bat, even the veterans were convinced.
Gill’s cricket at a new height
Shubman first left Faf Duplesey behind and became the highest run-scorer in this IPL. Then he completed his half-century in only 33 balls.
As soon as the half-century was completed, Shubman’s bat started raining fire. He rained fours, sixes and took his score from fifty to 100 in only 16 balls.
When Shubman’s innings stopped at 129 runs, another sight was seen, he was disappointed to be dismissed even after scoring so many runs. Had hit 10 sixes but as if wanted to stay on the pitch till the end. Gill also became the batsman to hit the most sixes in an innings of the IPL playoffs.
Former cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan were also seen standing and applauding in the dug out of Mumbai Indians on Gill’s century. Be that as it may, this century is very special not only from the point of view of IPL but also from the point of view of Team India and it will be remembered for a long time.
Captain Hardik Pandya also praised Shubman’s innings after the match. Hardik said, “Gill is very clear. This quality of his and his confidence is fantastic. During this innings, Gill was never seen in a hurry. It seemed that someone is throwing the ball at him and he is hitting it.” . He will go on to become a superstar of franchise and international cricket.”
Gujarat Titans started playing IPL only last year and Shubman Gill was associated with it only then. Last year too, Gill was the second highest run-scorer for Gujarat Titans.
Last year, Gill scored a total of 483 runs including four half-centuries in the IPL, while captain Hardik Pandya was present above him by a margin of only four runs.
Orange cap decorated on Shubman Gill’s head
Now in this season of IPL, Shubman Gill has given another height to his cricket. So far this season, he has scored 851 runs and leaving behind Faf Duplesey, he has decided that the Orange Cap will adorn his head.
Gill has now come at number three in terms of scoring the most runs in a season of IPL. Only Virat Kohli (973 runs in 2016) and Jos Buttler (863 runs in 2022) have scored more runs than him in a single season.
After Gill’s innings, Team India and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma also hugged him.
Captain Rohit, who shared a 212-run partnership with Gill against New Zealand in January this year, described Gill’s innings as unique after this match.
Gill’s innings is a good sign for Rohit
This innings of Gill is a good sign for Rohit Sharma as well as Team India as the Indian team has to play in the final of the World Test Championship against Australia in London next month.
Maintaining the form of Gill in that match will be very important for winning this championship for the first time.
By the way, Gill has been playing brilliantly so far this year. If we talk only about Test matches, then in the Tests he has played, he has scored 154 runs at an average of 51.33 with his bat.
In the last five months, Gill’s bat is spewing runs in all three formats of cricket. Overall, this is his eighth century. He has also scored a double century this year.
Shubman’s record breaking innings
With this innings, Shubman Gill made many records together.
- This is Shubman Gill’s third century in this IPL season.
- He is the third batsman after Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler to score at least three centuries in a single IPL season.
- This is the record for the biggest individual score in the IPL playoffs.
- Earlier, the highest score of the playoff was in the name of Virender Sehwag (122 runs against Chennai Super Kings).
- This is the second highest score made by any Indian batsman in IPL.
- Gill followed Rishabh Pant (128, Run) left behind. KL Rahul (132) holds the record for most innings by an Indian in IPL.,) is named.
- Shubman Gill is the seventh batsman to score a century in the IPL playoffs.
- Before Gill, Murali Vijay (2012), Virender Sehwag (2014), Wriddhiman Saha (2014), Shane Watson (2018), Rajat Patidar (2022) and Jos Buttler (2022) have also scored centuries in the playoffs.
who said what?
During the powerplay, when Gill was playing for 30 runs, his catch was dropped. After that, he took advantage of the life donation he got and played this unique innings. No matter how much this century is praised, it is less. During and after the match, the echo of this century of Shubman was everywhere.
Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said during the match, “Such innings are rarely played, so whoever saw Gill’s batting should consider himself lucky.”
Virender Sehwag tweeted, “What a brilliant player. Three hundreds in four matches and some breath-taking shots.”
Irfan Pathan tweeted, “Shubman’s batting was a pleasure to watch.”
Yuvraj Singh wrote, “Another strong innings from the new prince of Indian cricket, Shubman Gill.”
Suresh Raina wrote, “Indian cricket has a bright future. Keep shining champion.”
AB de Villiers tweeted, “Shubman Gill! Superb. I really have no words.”
During the presentation after the match, when well-known cricket commentator Harsh Bhogle asked Hardik Pandya about Shubman’s innings that ‘you must be having a lot of fun captaining this team’, he said absolutely but for this we worked very hard Key’s.
Hardik Pandya said, “The confidence that is seen in him is amazing. The batting that I saw today, it was the best innings I have seen in T20.”
Captain Hardik told, “Everyone in the team has worked hard on their strengths and it has also shown in their performance. My role in this team is that all the players should be in good mental condition.”
While Australian former cricketer Tom Moody praised Gill’s innings, he also said that the opportunity he got from Kolkata Knight Riders also played a role in Shubman’s reaching this level as Gill started his IPL career from there and During that time some rare innings were also played.
Will Dhoni’s team be able to stop Gujarat Titans?
Now the team of Gujarat Titans will face Chennai Super Kings at their home ground in Ahmedabad to defend their title on Sunday.
The team of Gujarat Titans has reached the final of IPL for the second time in a row. Shubman Gill is standing first in the batting lineup near this team, who has scored a mountain of 851 runs.
Adorned with batsmen like Hardik Pandya, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Sai Sudarshan and Rashid Khan, this team has a long list of batsmen.
And in bowling, there are Mohammed Shami (26 wickets) and Rashid Khan (25 wickets). Who are the top two bowlers in the Purple Cap race of this IPL. There is also Mohit Sharma, who has taken 19 wickets, who was earlier in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team.
Although in the first qualifier, the way Chennai Super Kings did not allow Hardik Pandya’s team called ‘Chase Master’ to score even just 172 runs, it would be difficult to say which team will have the upper hand. But the team which will keep itself completely under control on that day and will be better in every department of the game, will win.
Also, do not forget that Captain Cool Dhoni is also present with Chennai Super Kings.
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