Last Update on: March 22nd, 2022 at 09:37 am
Shubman Gill has vowed to not focus on the ongoing debate surrounding his strike rate as he focuses on the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gill, who will represent the Gujarat Titans (GT) in season 15, was one of the three players picked by the newly launched franchise.
The Punjab-born star has been one of the shining lights of Indian cricket in recent times and this was one of the reasons why he was handpicked by the franchise. His strike rate of 118 in the shortest format of the game is slightly worrying while he is compared to other batters. However, he has urged not to focus on the views and keep on giving his best.
Shubman Gill previously represented Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and was a big hit provided his ability to bat in the powerplays. But his strike rate comes as a worry and one of the reasons why KKR let him go. Alongside Shubman Gill, Gujarat picked Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan as the players in pre-auction while they also got the services of Matthew Wade, Jason Roy and David Miller in the auctions.
Shubman Gill speaks on different challenges
“It differs from situation to situation, and when you go in to bat, there are different targets. Your mindset can’t be the same in every innings. The wicket might be different. So you have to plan accordingly. As a player, that is the challenge, and you know that if you play with the same mindset and game plan, then it becomes very easy for the opposition to plan tactically,” the youngster Gill said while he spoke about the different set of challenges.
Shubman Gill’s ability to bat at any position can also be a utility factor for GT as they can try a mix of options in the batting lineup. Gill batted from No.1 to No. 7 during his time at KKR. This could end as a good headache to have for the GT management, provided they exploit their batting cards. Gill has urged, he is ready to meet the demands of the team and give his best to take his team over the line.
Shubman Gill looks forward to the demands of the team
“And it is all about experience when it comes to adapting to different situations. That is what helps you grow. This year, I’ll be working with Gary Kirsten, who is our mentor [and batting coach], and hopefully, I get to learn some new tricks to put up my sleeve.
“I am looking forward to whatever the team demands from me. I am sure the captain and the coaching staff have a particular thing in mind… hopefully, we all can work together and help the team,” Shubman Gill added.
Gujarat will kick start their campaign on Monday (March 28) as they take on another new boy Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The Hardik Pandya-led squad is considered as one of the dark horses in the tournament, while they try to stamp their authority on the pitch by trying to win the blockbuster tournament on the first time of asking.