Shubman Gill, the outstanding opener for Gujarat Titans, scored his third century of the season as they easily advanced to their second straight IPL final. Shubman’s stunning 129 off 60 balls during the rain-delayed Qualifier 2 match against the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 is considered one of the best centuries in this format by GT captain Hardik Pandya.
Hardik praised the team’s upcoming superstar, stating that with the precision with which Gill has batted this year, he deserves to soar to the heavens. In just 16 games, the right-handed opener has amassed 851 runs at an average of 60.79 and a strike rate of 156.43, surpassing RCB captain Faf du Plessis for the Orange Cap.
Hardik commented after the game, “The clarity this year he has. He exudes an astounding amount of confidence. One of the best T20 innings I’ve ever seen was what I witnessed tonight.
Gujarat started off strong after being asked to bat first, with Gill contributing early fours. Gill switched gears and went ballistic, hitting every bowler for boundaries after Tim David dropped him for 30. GT set up a massive 233 for three in 20 overs thanks to his third century (129) in four innings, which also happens to be the greatest individual total in IPL playoffs.
Pandya feels that the player in superb touch had made batting appear to be an utter breeze.
He never appeared hurried or out of control, no matter what was happening. The balls appeared to be being thrown down, and he appeared to be simply striking them. He is a superstar who will make a significant contribution to Indian cricket and franchise cricket, according to Hardik.
Gujarat set up a summit match against CSK 234, which was never going to be simple to pursue given the circumstances, the stakes, and the stage. Mumbai appeared under strain and lost early wickets, which was unexpected given how they had batted prior to this game. MI had little to fall back on during the pursuit despite the injuries to Ishan Kishan and Cameron Green, with Ishan being ruled out due to a concussion.
Although their top performer Suryakumar Yadav and up-and-coming left-hander Tilak Varma did play counter-attacking innings, the former champions ultimately folded under strain and finished 62 runs short of the objective.
Rashid Khan and Mohammed Shami each returned with two wickets, while Mohit Sharma claimed five wickets for ten runs.
On Sunday, May 28th, Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings will compete for the IPL championship there.