GT vs DC: Shubman Gill's Innings Was Outstanding - Salman Butt

Updated - 03 Apr 2022, 05:05 PM

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Image: BCCI

Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt hailed Gujarat Titans opener Shubman Gill for his outstanding knock against Delhi Capitals 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.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Image: BCCI

 “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. 

It feels batting is so easy when Shubman Gill plays: Salman Butt

Butt said that Gill made batting on a slow surface look very easy despite getting very less contribution from other players of the team.

“The way he plays, it is so pleasing on the eye. It feels batting is so easy when he plays. People actually question his ability to play in the T20s. With this innings, he has denied his people an opportunity to criticise him,” Butt said on his official YouTube channel.

Salman Butt
Salman Butt (Image Credit: Twitter)

“His innings pushed Gujarat Titans to 171 in the game. There were no other exceptional cameos. His innings was outstanding,” Butt added. 

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.

Also Read: GT vs DC: “Shubman Gill Can Play All Three Formats For India” : Wasim Jaffer


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