In the second Qualifier, Shubman Gill hit his third IPL century in four games to lead Gujarat Titans to 233 for 3 against Mumbai Indians. In the process, he passed Faf du Plessis to become the season’s leading run scorer.
Upon receiving the Orange Cap, Gill remarked, “I went to the bathroom to set my hair, didn’t think I’d been wearing this,” during the innings break. It feels good.
In just 60 balls, Gill scored 129 runs. The 75,655 spectators in the Ahmedabad stadium stood when he reached his century off the first ball of the 15th over. The opposition captain and his India captain, Rohit Sharma, approached him as he made his usual bow in front of them and shook his hand.
The ball “held” a little bit in the first couple of overs, but after that, Gill observed, “because there was not as much grass on the wicket, the ball was coming on nicely.” “I believe that the ball stopped swinging after two overs and it got easier as we progressed into the innings because of the outfield being a little wet [due to rain prior to the game].”
The season’s third century was scored by Shubman Gill.
Shubman Gill registered his third century of the campaign.
With Gill on 20 off 15 after five overs, Titans got off to a poor start. When he was on 30 off 19 on the final over of the powerplay, Tim David dropped him. But after that, he started bowling and took just 49 balls to reach his century, setting the Titans up for a big total of 223 for 3. In his innings, he smashed seven fours and ten sixes, but he also frequently ran between the wickets in a location where one square boundary was shorter than the other.
The shorter barrier “absolutely” plays a role, he declared. “As a batsman, you must know which side to aim for and you must approach the bowlers in accordance with that. I was thinking about something like this. If they are bowling in good spots, look for doubles with bigger boundaries. You can take on it with fewer restrictions.
Gill thought Titans had responded effectively to the defeat to Chennai Super Kings in Qualifer 1 by playing their best cricket and that they had enough to advance to the final on a pitch he hoped he could “carry it everywhere”.
I believe we have a strong total on hand, and hopefully we can hold onto this one, he said. We required that knock. Every time we have lost a game, we have played our best cricket. Simply put, today is one of those days.