Gill scored 63 off 36 against CSK in the IPL 2023 opener to propel Gujarat Titans to a five-wicket win.
The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 commenced in fabulous fashion for the defending champions Gujarat Titans as they defeated four-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the season opener.
After Chennai posted 178 runs on the board, it was the brilliant knock of star India batter Shubman Gill that propelled Gujarat to a resounding victory. Gill scored 63 runs in just 36 deliveries and was the x-factor for his side as they won by five wickets.
Following the 23-year-old’s performance, legendary South African batter AB de Villiers came forward to heap praise on him.
“Now it’s a matter of respecting your form. Come in and get a good start in the IPL. Get your feet off the ground. He is in good form, he has prepared well, the confidence is there. Now it’s just a matter of respecting the form; don’t let it go,” de Villiers was quoted as saying by IndiaToday.
“It’s pleasing to watch Shubman. When you listen to Shubman now, he recognises now that he has been getting out in those 40s and 50s, and that’s exactly the conversation as a coach, you would like to have with him. He is a talented and gifted player,” Kumble said.
“He has made some changes and got a lot of runs, hundreds, and double hundreds for India. He has carried on from those fifties and sixties and scored those extra 40 runs at the international level, and once you do that at the international level, it becomes second nature,” he added.