Last night’s victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad allowed Gujarat Titans to become the first team to qualify for the IPL 2023 quarterfinals. With three more playoff positions up for grabs, the five-time champion Mumbai Indians and the rookie Lucknow Super Giants face off tonight in Lucknow in an effort to move closer to securing a spot.
MI gained momentum in the second half of the IPL 2023, living up to their ‘late bloomers’ moniker, and their juggernaut continues to roll. The team led by Rohit Sharma has won four of its last five games and hopes to earn two crucial points tonight in Lucknow.
Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh believes the Mumbai Indians have a good chance of finishing in the top two at the conclusion of the league stage, thereby increasing their chances of winning their sixth IPL championship.
Harbhajan Singh stated on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, “Mumbai Indians has once again demonstrated that it is a champion team that knows how to come back firmly. After a losing streak in the initial phase of the competition, nobody was counting on this MI, but once it got back on track, there was no halting them. It can also finish in the top two in the league stage. If Michigan wins its final two games, it will reach 18 points. GT already has 18 points, and no other team will be able to reach 18 points besides MI.”
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag has supported Suryakumar Yadav to be the permanent number three batter for Mumbai Indians due to his prowess against pace and spin.
Virender Sehwag opined, “SKY can be the permanent No. 3 for the Mumbai Indians as he is an excellent pace and spin player. Although it is ultimately up to the team management (to make such decisions), I firmly believe he should face more balls.”
Meanwhile, India’s youthful batting phenom Shubman Gill continued to increase his stock in the TATA IPL by scoring his first century in the tournament. In the current season, the 22-year-old opener for the Gujarat Titans has been a force to be reckoned with, impressing former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh with the breadth of his batting repertoire.
Harbhajan Singh stated, “Shubman Gill’s specialty is that he has a variety of shots and chooses them based on the circumstance. When Shubman is in his rhythm, he executes unadulterated cricket shots, which is a testament to the quality of his batting instruction. He does not perform shots at random. Observing Shubman’s straight dives and draw shots is exhilarating.
Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has also heaped praise on this Punjabi cricketer for his ball-reading skills.
“Gill has an abundance of time to take pictures. This is because he accurately analyzes the ball and then chooses his shot. Gill is in the correct position in terms of balance and head position while playing any stroke, and he executes them well,” added Gavaskar.