Suresh Raina: I loved Shubman’s body language, his self-confidence, and self-belief
Gujarat Titans defeated Mumbai Indians by 62 runs in Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi stadium in Mumbai to go to the 2023 IPL final, 233 runs were scored by the Titans in the first innings, a remarkable offensive display while Shubman Gill’s amazing 129-run knock (60b, 7×4, 10×6) allowed GT to score a tonne of runs.
Gujarat Titans defeated Mumbai Indians by 62 runs in Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi stadium in Mumbai to go to the 2023 IPL final. 233 runs were scored by the Titans in the first innings, a remarkable offensive display.
Shubman Gill’s amazing 129-run knock (60b, 7×4, 10×6) allowed GT to score a tonne of runs. Mumbai tried hard with several batters getting off to strong starts, but they were eventually bowled out with 10 deliveries left, having scored 171 runs. The most runs scored were 61 by Suryakumar Yadav (38b, 7×4, 2×6).
A rematch against the Chennai Super Kings beckons, as CSK defeated Gujarat in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday to secure their place in the final.
With his explosive 129-run performance in the first inning, Shubman Gill set the place on fire and helped the Titans put up a formidable total. JioCinema IPL expert Suresh Raina heaped high praise on the young opener,
“The calmness we saw. In such a big match, body language is very important. The sixes he hit later in the match, ones we call pick-up shots. He hit one off Kartikeya, and after that, he realized that he can come into the line and just hit pick-up shots. I loved his body language, his self-confidence, self-belief, and he’s gotten a habit of playing in big matches. Just look at Virat Kohli, as we saw last year with Jos Buttler. But the performance we saw tonight, whenever we have big games, he will perform as Virat, Rohit, and MS Dhoni have.
The Titans are on the verge of retaining their crown as IPL Champions after their win last season in their debut as a franchise. JioCinema IPL expert Anil Kumble lauded the continuity of the Gujarat side from last season to this,
“This season, they have just continued from where they left off last year. In that sense, credit to Hardik, credit to Ashish, and the rest of the players as well. The players have done well. The addition of Josh Little, the addition of Noor Ahmed, I think these two have really helped them and the impact player rule as well, with the addition of Sai Sudarshan and Vijay Shankar coming in and doing their respective roles. Mohit Sharma was brilliant in the back-end, he’ll take the five-wicket haul, but Suryakumar Yadav’s wicket was the critical one.”
Mohit Sharma’s bowling has enabled great success for Gujarat all season and he stepped up big today, finishing the match with 5/10 figures in just 2.2 overs. JioCinema IPL expert Parthiv Patel called Sharma one of the best comeback stories of the season,
“He bowled well. We were discussing whether 233 runs can be chased on this wicket. The man didn’t even complete his four-over spell but took five wickets. This is a massive day for Mohit Sharma because of the way he was selected this year, last year he was a net bowler with this very team, so getting picked after that is a big deal. We have seen many comeback stories this year and Mohit Sharma’s name should be there as well.”