Shubman Gill’s amazing success in the IPL 2023 continued on Friday, May 26, when he hit his third hundred of the season in Qualifier 2 against Mumbai Indians. The 23-year-old hit an amazing 129 off 60 balls with seven fours and ten sixes, which helped GT reach a huge score of 233/3 in their 20-over allotment. In the second innings, MI scored 171 runs, which was not enough to win the game. Instead, Gujarat won by 62 runs.
During his knock, Gill also passed Faf du Plessis to become the season’s top run maker. He has 851 runs from 16 games, with an average of 60.79 and a strike rate of 156.43. In a recent interview, Gill’s former teacher, Karsan Ghavri, talked about what he thought of the famous batsman when he first met him. He said that Gill was a very serious and disciplined person.
“He looked like a very, very serious guy, even though he was only eleven years old. He was a very quiet kid who looked like he worked hard in school. He cared a lot about the game. He is also very calm and has a good head on his shoulders. He was fun to watch, and nothing has changed in the last twelve years. “He still likes to score a lot of runs, and he still looks like he takes the game seriously,” Ghavri was quoted as saying by IndianExpress.
The former India pacer said that he can get good height on his shots and hit sixes because he holds the bat with his top hand.
Gill doesn’t play with his left hand. Karsan Ghavri does.
“As you can see, he doesn’t play with his left hand. His grip is top hand, and I think his grip, stance, and quick feet have helped him master the art of six-hitting. Those who hold the bat with their top hand will always get those lifts, and Shubman’s hitting shows that. He is the next big thing in India and in cricket around the world. He’s still getting better, but he’s made huge steps toward being great,” he said.
During his knock, Gill also got the best score by an individual batter in the IPL playoffs. He beat Virender Sehwag’s score of 122, which he got against CSK in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2014. The batter from Punjab is also only 12 runs behind Jos Buttler (863 runs) to become the second-highest run maker in a single IPL season.