CSK vs GT: “I Don’t Really Have Words – AB de Villiers Heaps Praise On Shubman Gill Following His Century In Qualifier 2


Former South African batsman AB de Villiers hailed Gujarat Titans (GT) batsman Shubman Gill’s century against the Mumbai Indians (MI) and said he had no words to describe the hit. AB de Villiers believes that Shubman Gill’s consistency with the bat puts him in a class of his own.

Shubman Gill broke his third century of the season, scoring 129 runs from 60 balls, in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) ‘Qualifier 2’ match at Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday, May 2. The Titans reached the final of the IPL. 2023 after a 62-run win over the Mumbai Indians.

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Most of his games have been at Ahmedabad – AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers said Shubman Gill has the ability to speed up tackling after settling into the crease. De Villiers noted that Gill played most of the matches on one of the biggest grounds in India.

SHUBMAN GILL! Wow. I really have no words”, AB de Villiers tweeted.

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“His ability to identify moments and accelerate, with consistency, puts it in a class of its own. Also note that most of his games have been in Ahmedabad, one of the largest land around. Well played Shubman.” added.

The 23-year-old started the innings slow and reached the half century in 32 balls. The GT opener sped up after adjusting to the conditions and reached the century in just 49 balls.

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Shubman Gill emphasized the importance of knowing which side to aim for, as the boundaries on one side were smaller compared to the other. Gill noted that the ball stopped swinging after two overs due to the outfield being wet.

“It definitely plays a part, you have to know which side to aim for, if it’s bigger limits and they bowl good areas, look for doubles, smaller limits look to match it.” Shubman Gill said.

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“The new ball held up a bit, there wasn’t much grass in that wicket, the ball went in very well and with the wet outfield it stopped swaying after 2 overs,” added.

The Hardik Pandya-led team will take on the four-time IPL champion Chennai Super Kings in the final match of the tournament at the same venue on Sunday, May 28. GT has a chance to become the third team after CSK (2010 and 2011) and MI (2019 and 2020) to win the title in successive years.

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