Former New Zealand cricketer and commentator Simon Doull criticized Shubman Gill‘s performance, suggesting that a struggling batter should be retired, despite Gill getting awarded the player of the match for his unbeaten knock of 94 off 51 balls, comprising two boundaries and an impressive seven over it.
“Shubman was getting tired. He wasn’t able to hit the boundaries as much as he could. And it can happen. Listen… it might be controversial, but I am waiting for the day when a bloke gets 75 or 80 off 45 balls and is cooked after the afternoon heat which is 45 degrees and hence quite can’t get there so he says ‘Okay Tewatia, you are out there.’ Retire him out.”
“I am saying time and time again, milestones don’t matter in this game. I know people will still say hundred is a hundred. Yes it is, but it’s a hundred if you win. If you lose, it means jack. I feel were just quite there when a guy says that he is tired and is not able to hit the boundaries. And if you have ammunition in the bank then why not use it.”
Gill played an instrumental role in helping Gujarat achieve their highest-ever total in the league and the fourth-highest total of the 2023 season. Gujarat Titans came closer to securing a spot in the playoffs after a resounding victory against Lucknow Super Giants in match number 51 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Lucknow’s Quinton de Kock scored a valiant 70 off 41 balls but could not prevent his team from falling short at 171-7 in their chase. This marked Gujarat’s fourth win over Lucknow since 2022.
Gill and Wriddhiman Saha‘s opening partnership of 142 runs off 74 balls was the game-changer, with Saha smashing 81, including 50 off just 20 balls. Lucknow’s response could not match the Titans’ outstanding performance. Gill also achieved his second-highest individual score for Gujarat, and their victory puts them in an excellent position for the playoffs.
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