Shubman Gill joins Kohli on an incredible list after breaking records in the third century | Cricket

It was absolute carnage from Shubman Gill, and once again, it was at his beloved Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. On the spot where he had crushed his first IPL century less than two weeks ago, Gill once again hit the triple-digit mark, scoring his third century of the 2023 season in the Qualifier 2 match against the five-time champions Mumbai Indians. And with the coup, Gill joined Virat Kohli in an incredible IPL roster as he firmly cemented his position in the race to the Orange Cap. (GT vs MI Live Score, IPL 2023 Qualifier 2)

Shubman Gill (AP) of the Gujrat Titans

When pundits were asked at the start of the season which player can break Kohli’s record for most runs in an IPL season, they all agreed with Gill. He had led the season on the back of a splendid run across formats that includes centuries in Test, T20I and two hundred in ODI cricket, leading many to believe the youngster was Kohli’s heir apparent.

On Friday, in the match against the Mumbai Indians, Gill continued his sublime form. And betting on local conditions in Ahmedabad, where he has already scored over 500 runs this season, the only batsman to have reached the mark in one particular venue, the Gujarat Titans opener scored a 49-ball century that brought home without help. the team’s scoring surpassed the 150-run mark in the 15th.

Gill became only the second Indian to score three or more centuries in a single season after Kohli’s record-breaking outing in 2016, where he broke four tons. Overall, he is the third batsman with Jos Buttler on the list with four centuries as well in the 2022 season.

Gill also became the second Indian batsman to score 800 or more runs in a single season after Kohli’s 973 runs in 2016. Overall, he ranks third on the list with Buttler (863 runs in 2016) in second place. .

The three-figure mark also helped Gill cement his position at the top of the Orange Cap list. He needed just nine runs to topple RCB captain Faf du Plessis, who has scored 730 runs on the season.

After being put to bat first in the biggest home match, Gill and Wriddhiman Saha sewed up another starting fifty-run stand before Piyush Chawla sent the lead batsman packing, courtesy of some impressive work from wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan with the hit . The 23-year-old slowly got into the rhythm with a six each against Chawla and Kumar Kartikeya, helping him complete his fifty before taking Akash Madhwal, the 5/5 bowler, to the dry cleaner. Gill crushed him with three sixes in a 21-run career before unseating the veteran Chawla by two tops and a cap.

Gill eventually finished with 129 for 60 in the 17th, which is now the highest score by a batsman in an IPL playoff tie as he surpassed Shane Watson’s strike of 117 for Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL final against SRH.