PBKS vs GT: I am hitting the ball hard, trust me – Shubman Gill after match-winning 96

Shubman Gill came up 4 runs short of his first IPL hundred as Gujarat Titans successfully chased 190 against Punjab Kings in a thrilling IPL 2022 match at Brabourne Stadium on Friday. Gill improved his IPL best of 84, which he scored against Delhi Capitals in Pune on April 2, and was named man-of-the-match after GT won a last-ball cliffhanger.

While Gill received applause for his heroism, Rahul Tewatia sealed the deal for GT with two sixes from the last two balls of Odean Smith’s match.

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Shubman Gill, at 22 years and 212 days, could have become the 5th youngest batter to hit an IPL-hundred. Anyway, he was a lucky man after GT won their third consecutive game and became number 2 in the IPL 2022 points table. Gill, who spoke to the presenters at the post-match presentation ceremony, said he hit the ball really hard in the middle of a golden run.

“It’s important to make the scoreboard tick. It’s important to plug those gaps because this outfield (Brabourne) is fast. It’s just about execution.

“It was just one of those days where I hit the ball well and also found the holes.

“I hit the ball hard, believe me. I’m doing my very best to hit it hard. It may not look like it.

“As an opener, I have to hit through the innings so it’s easier for the big hitters to eventually hit it. Rather than thinking in the nets, I try to work and shrink my punt balls as much as possible,” he said. Gill.

Shubman Gill is in red hot contact this year after stepping out for a duck in the season opener for GT. He came this close to adding his name to a roster of young talented batters in the IPL, but he’s sure to repeat his magic if he keeps hitting like this.

Manish Pandey (19 years, 253 days), who now plays for Lucknow Super Giants, holds the record for youngest centurion, while Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant (20, 218 days) is the second youngest on the list.

An opener from Punjab, Shubman Gill, 22, first made headlines with his performances for India at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He was then bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 Players Auction for Rs 1.8 crore and over the next few years became a staple of the lineup.

In 2021, as KKR stormed into the IPL final, Shubman Gill scored 478 runs, including 3 fifties. In 2020, he scored 440 points in 14 games. Gill had started well in his first IPL season, scoring 203 runs at an average of 33.83 and a strike rate of 146.04, then hit 296 runs at an average of 32.88.

It was thought that Shubman Gill would have a long and fruitful career with the Knight Riders, but they decided to keep Venkatesh Iyer for the 22-year-old from Punjab. He was the second player drafted by Gujarat Titans ahead of the mega sale in 2022.

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