According to former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, Shubman Gill should aim to improve his performance and not settle for his current run of form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Gill, who plays for Gujarat Titans as an opener, has scored 469 runs in 11 matches in the current season, after managing 483 runs in IPL 2022. While acknowledging his success, Sehwag cautioned against complacency and urged Gill to strive for better numbers. Sehwag further advised Gill to aim for 600-700 runs by the end of the season.
Sehwag backs Gill to improve numbers
“It should've been better. His 375 in 10 matches should be around 550 by the end of the season. He's played India in all formats, he's scored big runs, and should be using his form better. When he finishes the season, it is possible that he has 600-700 runs,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
“If I were Shubman Gill, I wouldn't be happy with myself. I had been in good form, and I've scored 375 runs. But there isn't much improvement. The numbers might have slightly improved, but it's quite marginal. He looks good while playing his shots, he comes out with a positive intent. But overall, the numbers haven't really changed much. I hope in his last four matches, he really shows the class that he has displayed for the Indian team. I want a century from him,” Sehwag added.
Gill-Saha set new record
In the recent match between Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants, opener Shubman Gill played a remarkable innings, scoring an unbeaten 94 runs. Along with Wriddhiman Saha's 81 runs, Gujarat Titans scored 227 for two, which is the fourth-highest total in the IPL 2023 season.
Saha and Gill set a franchise record for the highest partnership for any wicket, adding 142 runs for the first wicket in just 12.1 overs. Despite deploying eight bowlers, Lucknow Super Giants failed to stop the duo's rampage.
This partnership was also the second-best stand for any team for any wicket in this IPL, and Gujarat Titans' highest-ever total in IPL since their debut last season. Saha smashed four sixes and ten fours in his 43-ball knock, while Gill hit seven sixes and two fours in his 51-ball innings.
The Saha-Gill pair also improved their overall record of the most runs in the powerplay. In the season-opener against Chennai Super Kings, the duo added 65 runs in the first six overs, but they went even more ballistic in the recent match, scoring 78 runs at a run-rate of 13 runs per over.
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