Gill’s form in focus as GT look to extend domestic success

Gill's form in focus as GT look
Gill has so far scored only 75 runs in three innings of IPL 2024.

Gill’s form in focus as GT look

Scoring just 75 runs in three matches may not be considered bad in T20 cricket, but for Shubman Gill, a batting average of 25 is below his lofty standards. As Gujarat Titans prepare to face Punjab Kings in their fourth match of the season, all eyes will be on their newly appointed captain. The big question is whether the burden of captaincy is affecting Gill’s performance?

Titans fast bowler Mohit Sharma defended his captain, saying, “He is batting brilliantly.” “Yes, it is true that the numbers have not translated into big figures, but he looks in great form. He is batting very well in the nets. A big innings is not far away from him.” Gill’s contribution in the three matches so far has been 31, 8 and 36 runs, but more runs are definitely expected from him.

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The challenge for Gill lies in the relentless scrutiny that he faces, especially from Gujarat’s passionate fans who are accustomed to the team’s high standards. With two finals appearances and one title in the first two years, their success rate is exemplary. This season, especially with the mega auction taking place next year, presents a big test for the 24-year-old Indian batting sensation.

With Gary Kirsten (batting coach and consultant) and Ashish Nehra (head coach) in the highly organized support staff, Gill has the right environment and set-up to develop as a cricketer. Nehra had earlier said, “As a franchise, as a support staff, we are really excited to help him develop as a person more than a captain. If he If he develops, he will definitely become a better captain in future.” Start of the season. Gill seconded his coach’s advice. He said, “No one is perfect. There is a lot to learn.”

Certainly a big innings from the captain is round the corner. If they get one, it could cause trouble in Punjab, which, incidentally, is Gill’s home state. Sai Sudarshan and David Miller are in good form and after Rahul Tewatia, the batting is not a matter of concern. Of course, bowling was never a concern for the Titans, with Mohit, Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed handling the responsibility for 12 overs. Azmatullah Umarzai has managed to keep the extremely talented Josh Little out of the eleven and the experience of Umesh Yadav always comes in handy for any team. The Titans side looks to be in rhythm.

However, the same cannot be said about Punjab, who went off the rails after winning their first game of the season (vs Delhi Capitals). As his bowling coach Trevor Gonsalves said, his problem has been losing wickets consistently. Apart from this, Shikhar Dhawan’s team needs to focus on its bowling strategy. In the last game, Arshdeep Singh was not given his quota of four overs, in which Krunal Pandya took the match away from him by playing a explosive innings. Harshal Patel and Rahul Chahar have not been that effective this season.

T20 can give unexpected results but if Punjab Kings manages to defeat the Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium here in Ahmedabad, it will be a real upset.

When: Gujarat Titans vs Punjab Kings, IPL 2024, April 4, 19:30 IST

Where: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

What to Expect: The toss may not be that big a factor as the pitch looks loaded with runs. However, dew will be a big factor and it would be no surprise if the captain who wins the toss chooses to bat.

Head-to-head: GT 2 – 1 PBKS. The last match between the two teams in the last season was won by the Titans in Mohali.
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Gujarat Titans

Injuries/Availability: The hosts have no injury concerns, although, as Mohit Sharma said, injuries could happen to most of the players.

Probable XI: Shubman Gill (captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Sai Sudarshan, Azmatullah Omarzai, David Miller, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Darshan Nalkande [Impact sub: Sai for Mohit Sharma if they bat first, or vice versa]

punjab kings

Injuries/Availability: Liam Livingstone may miss the game with a hamstring injury. Rest of the team players are free from fitness concerns


Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Prabhasimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wicketkeeper), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Shashank Singh, Harshal Patel, Harpit Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar [Impact sub: Arshdeep Singh for Prabhasimran They bat first, or vice versa]

Do you know?

  • Gill has an extraordinary record of scoring five 50 runs in ten innings against PBKS.
  • Umesh Yadav has won six POTM awards against Punjab Kings – the most by a player against any opponent in the IPL.
  • From being a new ball specialist during his peak years with CSK in 2013 and 2015, Mohit Sharma has become a death over specialist for the Titans since his comeback last year. In the 2013–15 period, he bowled 51.4% of his overs in the powerplay, while 46.6% of his overs for the Titans came in the death overs.

what did they say:

“It’s all about preparation and it depends on the needs of the team. The team suggests your role. Earlier I used to bowl with the new ball. Since last year, I have been asked to bowl with the old ball. I am looking forward to it.” I live in options of how I can contribute to the team’s success. Whether I give 70 runs or take 4/40, it all depends on preparation,” – Mohit Sharma, GT bowler

“Not really worried (about bowlers leaking runs). They are top-class players, whether it is Harshal Patel or Rahul Chahar. They have gone through many situations where they have been beaten. They will come back very strongly. do.” -Trevor Gonsalves, PBKS assistant bowling coach

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