IPL 2024: Shubman Gill Replaces Hardik Pandya As Gujarat Titans' Captain

IPL 2024: Shubman Gill Replaces Hardik Pandya As Gujarat Titans' Captain

Shubman Gill has been appointed as the new captain of the Gujarat Titans, replacing Hardik Pandya in the role.

Aayushman VishwanathanUpdated: Monday, November 27, 2023, 02:30 PM IST
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Shubman Gill. | (Image Credits: Twitter)

With Hardik Pandya released by the Gujarat Titans ahead of IPL 2024, the franchise has unveiled Shubman Gill as his replacement for the upcoming season. The Titans took to its official Twitter handle and proclaimed the massive development, nearly 24 hours after all the franchises announced their release and retention list.

Uncertainty prevailed over Pandya's status as Mumbai Indians was revealed to have signed the all-rounder not too long ago after the Titans had retained their captain. However, on Tuesday, Mumbai Indians officially announced the 30-year-old's inclusion in their ranks, with Pandya himself confirming the same through X.

Gill was one of the primary contenders for captaincy along with Kane Williamson, David Miller, and Rashid Khan for the captaincy role of the Titans. The 24-year-old enjoyed a stellar season with the bat in IPL 2023, accumulating 890 runs in 17 innings averaging a healthy 59.83 alongside 3 centuries.

"Weโ€™ve seen him mature not only as a batter but also as a leader in cricket" - Shubman Gill

Titans' director of cricket Vikram Solanki opined that Gill is the perfect choice to captain the franchise, given how he has matured over the years and are excited to see what the youngster brings to the table.

Shubman Gill has shown growth in stature and standing over the last two years at the highest level of the game. Weโ€™ve seen him mature not only as a batter but also as a leader in cricket. His contribution on the field has helped Gujarat Titans emerge as a formidable force, guiding the team through a successful campaign in 2022 and a strong run in 2023. His maturity and skill is evident in his on-field performance and we are extremely excited to embark on a new journey with a young leader like Shubman at the helm."

Gill reacted to the appointment and stated that he is keen to assume the responsibility and hopes to repay the franchise's faith in him.

"I am delighted and proud to assume the Captaincy of Gujarat Titans and thank the franchise for their trust in me to lead such a fine team. We have had two exceptional seasons and I keenly look forward to leading the team with our exciting brand of cricket."

The Titans finished as the runners-up in IPL 2023.

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