Young right-hand batsman Shubman Gill played a brilliant knock to contribute in Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spectacular 34-run victory over the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. On the back of Gill, Lynn and Russell’s sensational knocks, KKR posted a massive first innings total of 232 runs in their 20 overs. While in the second innings, Hardik Pandya did entertain the crowd with some staggering power blitz, but eventually failed to take his team over the line.
It’s all about continuing that
Gill scored his career best IPL knock last night, blistering a splendid innings of 76 runs that came off just 45 balls and consisted of six fours and four sixes. During the post-match press conference, Gill revealed that after playing so many games at different levels, the confidence to do well is automatically gained. He mentioned that he has already proved himself at this level and now it is all about continuing this habit.
“We play so many matches at different levels. You start to gain confidence by doing well. So when you’re in a big league like IPL, you know you don’t have to prove anyone. I’ve already proved myself there. It’s all about continuing that,” quoted Shubman Gill.
There has been a lot of talk regarding the batting position of Gill in this season of the IPL. He has scored two half-centuries in the ongoing tournament and both of them have come while opening the batting. He noted that both Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been doing really well at the top. However, Gill also went on to mention that he feels delighted to capitalise on the given opportunity.
“Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been doing well (as openers). Narine was giving good starts. So I was happy to happy to get a chance and capitalise on that. It’s one of the best knocks in this IPL, especially considering the situation that we had lost six matches in a row. We do all kinds of practice in various match-conditions. It was all about preparing the mindset and executing on the field,” he added.
Gill recently made his debut for India during the ODI series in New Zealand. However, he had a forgettable run in the two ODIs played, managing just 16 runs in total. “I don’t think so far ahead. It’s about doing well and capitalise on whatever opportunities I get,” Gill inferred.