Cricket   |   May 16, 2023

The Six off Abhishek Sharma was the most pleasing for me: Shubman Gill

In the aftermath of the thrilling match between the Gujarat Titans and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, centurion Shubman Gill expressed his satisfaction with getting significant runs off Abhishek Sharma. The defending champions secured their place in the playoffs with a commanding 34-run victory over the Hyderabad-based team.

While the rest of the Gujarat batting lineup struggled to make notable contributions, Gill single-handedly injected energy into the innings by smashing 101 runs off just 58 balls. His outstanding knock marked his maiden century in the Indian Premier League (IPL), featuring 13 boundaries and one six, at a remarkable strike rate of 174.13. Follow your favourite IPL team with attractive cricket betting odds from Fun88.

During the post-match presentation, Gill shared an intriguing insight into his on-field battle with Abhishek Sharma. The dynamic batsman revealed that he had specifically targeted the left-arm spinner from the Sunrisers team to score big runs if given the opportunity.

“The six off Abhishek Sharma was the most pleasing thing for me. I told him that if you bowl to me, I’m gonna hit you for a six,” Gill revealed during the post-match presentation.

Interestingly, Gill and Abhishek had previously been teammates during India’s victorious Under-19 World Cup campaign in 2018. They also played together for Punjab in First-Class cricket, adding an extra dimension to their on-field rivalry.

Gill also reflected on the significance of his century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, as it completed a full circle in his cricketing journey. He made his IPL debut against the same team, and now achieving his first hundred against them holds a special meaning. Furthermore, Gill became the first Indian cricketer to score centuries in T20 Internationals, One Day Internationals, Test matches, and the IPL, all within the same calendar year.

“I made my IPL debut against SRH and got my first hundred against them, so life has come a full circle. Hopefully many more to come. It’s all about the bowlers and the situation, and I don’t dwell too much on my last innings. It is important to focus on the situation at hand,” Gill added, reflecting on the milestone.

With this century against the Sunrisers, Gill’s impressive campaign in the IPL continues to flourish. He has amassed a total of 576 runs in 13 matches, including four half-centuries and this century. Following his remarkable knock against SRH, Gill currently ranks second in the IPL Orange Cap list, a testament to his consistent and impactful performances throughout the tournament. Get all the latest updates from IPL 2023 only on Fun88 Sports.