Shubman Gill’s match-winning century in the IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 against the Mumbai Indians has earned him praise from renowned cricket analyst Aakash Chopra. Gill’s outstanding knock of 129 runs off just 60 deliveries played a pivotal role in guiding the Gujarat Titans to a comprehensive 62-run victory and securing a place in the final against the Chennai Super Kings.
Chopra, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, hailed Gill as the most valuable player (MVP) of the match and emphasized his significance to Indian cricket. According to Chopra, Gill is not just a star in the making but already a superstar and a vital player for both the present and future of Indian cricket.
“The most valuable player has to be Shubman Gill. He is India’s present and future. He is not a star in the making, and he is already a superstar. He has probably already played one of the finest knocks in this tournament’s history, the third century of the season, and this was in a knockout game.” Aakash Chopra said.
The former Indian cricketer acknowledged that Gill’s century in a knockout game was one of the finest knocks in the history of the IPL. He highlighted Gill’s determination to make amends for his previous performance in Qualifier 1 against CSK, where he was unable to guide his team to victory. Gill’s eagerness to take his team directly to the final led to his exceptional innings against MI.
In the previous match against CSK, Gill’s 42-run contribution off 38 balls wasn’t enough to secure victory for the Gujarat Titans. However, Chopra suggested that Gill’s disappointment from that match propelled him to deliver an exceptional performance in Qualifier 2. Gill’s century showcased his immense talent and his ability to perform under pressure, solidifying his position as a key player in the Gujarat Titans’ campaign.
“When he got out in the last match while chasing against Chennai, it seems he was slightly hurt as the job was unfinished. He wanted to take his team directly to the final but would have to go through Ahmedabad now, would have to play Qualifier 2.” Chopra further stated.
Gill’s innings not only boosted his team’s confidence but also demonstrated his prowess as a batsman and his determination to excel in crucial matches. As the Gujarat Titans prepare to face the Chennai Super Kings in the final, Shubman Gill’s exceptional form will undoubtedly be a significant asset for his team as they strive to clinch the IPL 2023 title.