Gujarat Titans opening batter Shubman Gill said they weren’t considered to finish in the top four teams in the table ahead of the season.
Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans thumped Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the IPL 2022 final to lift their maiden title in the first season.
Skipper Hardik’s brilliant all-round performance in the mega clash – 34 runs off 30 balls and 3/17 bowling figures – guided Titans to a marvellous title.
Gill, who was one of the three initial signings by the franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 auction, remained unbeaten on 45 and hit the winning shot – a six off Obed McCoy over square leg – as the raucous crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium went berserk.
Nobody considered GT a threat among the teams: Shubman Gill
Titans topped the points table in the group stage with 10 wins in 14 games and drubbed Royals in the IPL 2022 playoffs.
“I think the season has been quite special to me. I have had some really good moments and I’ve had my down as well, but that’s how our season goes. I think tough players and tough teams do last if they have the right mind,” Gill said on Gujarat Titans’ social media handles.
“Nobody considered GT a threat among the teams and nobody considered us even in the top four teams who would qualify.
“When people were saying that, it did not make sense to me because it does not matter what people say. The important thing was, once we got the momentum we never really let it slip away from us,” he added.
IPL is one tournament where you get opportunities to redeem yourself as a player: Shubman Gill
Gill scored 483 runs in 16 innings this season at 34.50 and a strike rate of 132.33 with the help of four fifties.
“After ending up on the winning side, you obviously want to be better and want to improve on your mistakes. But if the team is doing well and you are not doing well, you can still take it and move on to the next match,” Gill said.
“Because IPL is one tournament where you actually get so many opportunities to redeem yourself as a player as well as a team. That’s why this tournament is so special,” Gill added.
Gill scored 96 off 59 balls, laced by 11 fours and a six, striking at 162.71 against Punjab Kings in the first leg.