IPL 2023: “Last season was good, but this was an amazing season”

Aakash Chopra, a former cricketer, cites Shubman Gill’s outstanding batting display as one of the main causes for the Gujarat Titans (GT)’s remarkable achievement in the 16th Indian Premier League (IPL 2023).

Gill won the Orange Cap after scoring 890 runs in 17 innings at an outstanding average of 59.33 and strike rate of 157.80. He came within 83 runs of breaking Virat Kohli’s record of 973 runs in the 2016 season of the elite tournament.

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The 23-year-old posted a 59.33 average for the season and scored three hundred four fifty-six. In the last two league matches of IPL 2023, Kohli collected hundreds back to back and enjoyed a successful streak.

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It is interesting to note that Kohli and Gill made hundreds in the last IPL league match of this season. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Chopra explored the causes of the Titans’ consistent performance in IPL 2023.

Aakash Chopra brought this up in regards to Gill: “Gill is absolutely exciting. Last season was good, but this season was amazing. He used to be called a prince before but he’s not a prince anymore, this was a proper king type season. The domination we saw from Virat Kohli in 2016, this was that kind of season.”

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“It just kept growing. In fact, that tackle against Mumbai, he was like a man possessed, now he can do no wrong. He was telling people where to bowl. The Narendra Modi Stadium is a huge stadium and the guy scored six there.” Aakash Chopra elaborated.

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In that knockout game Gill hammered 129 runs from 60 balls with seven fours and ten sixes. His innings helped GT set a massive mark of 234 runs for MI, who fell by 62 runs as Gujarat progressed to the final. Aakash Chopra also questioned the decision of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to release Shubman Gill ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.

“Kolkata let him go. In the options they had there, they retained Venkatesh Iyer. Nothing against Venkatesh Iyer, but it is very important at what stage you pick a player and when you drop him. Both things define what your future and present will be like. You don’t get a player like him and let him go.” Aakash Chopra said.

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The Titans paid Rs. Rs 8 crore for Gill as part of his selection picks for the IPL 2022 auction. The decision paid off as the elegant start has shined for the franchise in the past two IPL seasons.

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