Indian spinner Piyush Chawla Gujarat Titans opener Shubman Gill for his tremendous knock against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
After getting out for a duck in the first game against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Gill displayed a master-class attack against the Capitals bowlers in his sublime 46-ball 84 runs. Gill batted brilliantly on a wicket where the ball was moving too much around in the early overs.
It felt good to contribute runs for myself and the team: Shubman Gill
Gill smashed six fours and four sixes while batting at the strike rate of 182.61 on a surface where other Gujarat Titans batters could manage to score just 80 off 74 balls. Apart from striking for the big hits, Gill kept rotating the strike and also ran hard between the wickets.
The opener brought up his 11th IPL fifty in 32 balls and later switched gears, hammering 34 in the next 14 deliveries. He just played six dots including his dismissal to Khaleel Ahmed in the 18th over.4
“It felt good. It felt good to contribute runs for myself and the team. I didn’t realise that (about his low dot ball percentage) but that was the plan. To keep rotating the strike and take the singles whenever possible,” Gill told the official broadcaster after Gujarat Titans’ batting innings.
“I think the wicket was pretty good. Was holding a bit in the start but as the game went on, I thought it settled down,” the opening batter added.
Shubman Gill did not play any unconventional shots: Piyush Chawla
Chawla, who played for PBKS, KKR, CSK and MI in the last 14 seasons, noted that Gill didn’t use any of the unorthodox shots during his spectacular innings against Delhi Capitals and how he upped the ante after going past his fifty.
“When you talk about this innings, the best part was that he (Shubman Gill) did not play any unconventional shots, he played only cricketing shots and he got maximum results because of that. That is why he was able to play such a big knock. The strike rate started at 125 and went to 170 (180) in the end,” Chawla said on Star Sports.
Gujarat Titans defeated Delhi Capitals by 14 runs after New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson returned with bowling figures of 4/28 at an economy rate of 7. Hardik Pandya and his men will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) on April 8 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.