Gujarat Titans secured a spot in the final of the IPL 2023 after a convincing victory over the Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2. Despite the loss, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma took a moment to appreciate the stellar performance of Shubman Gill, the opener for the Gujarat Titans. Gill’s exceptional batting display played a crucial role in setting up a formidable total for his team.
Rohit Sharma acknowledged that the wicket was in good condition and credited Gill for his remarkable innings. The Mumbai Indians skipper also recognized that the Titans gained an advantage by accumulating 25 extra runs during their batting.
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Despite Mumbai’s positive mindset going into the chase, they struggled to form substantial partnerships and lost their way during crucial moments of the innings.
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Reflecting on the match, Rohit Sharma highlighted the significance of stitching together partnerships and finding momentum, particularly when faced with a challenging target like the one set by the Titans. He praised Gill for his exceptional batting performance, emphasizing the credit that he deserved for his remarkable form throughout the tournament.
“It was a great total, Shubman batted really well. The wicket was really good. They got 25 extra, with the batting we had we were quite positive when we went in. Couldn’t stitch enough partnerships. Green and Surya batted well but we lost our way.
“We spoke about giving it a good crack, we lost a couple of wickets in the powerplay and did not get the momentum when chasing a target like that. We wanted one batter just like how Shubman batted till the end, and you never know – one side is shorter and the wicket was good, anything can happen, credit where it is due, Gujarat played well.”
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Rohit Sharma mentioned the unfortunate concussion suffered by Ishan Kishan and acknowledged the importance of adapting to different conditions and situations.
While he refrained from making any judgments about the team’s performance on that particular day, Sharma acknowledged the superior gameplay displayed by the Gujarat Titans.
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“We did not expect that, he had a bit of a concussion, I don’t know how it happened [on Ishan]. We have been talking about adapting to different conditions and different situations. I won’t look into that, we did not play well to win the game. Playing this game and qualifying as 3rd gives us a lot of confidence, our batting has been the biggest positive, some of the younger players especially and take it to next season and see what you can do.”
“All the bowling teams have been challenged this season, looking at what happened in the previous game, we had a great performance. Got to give credit to Shubman, he is in great form and I hope he continues that [smiles]. Tim through the season we have given him a role – certain situations where he is going to bat. Vishnu is a good player and I have seen that personally and I’m not going to look at anything in judgement today, Gujarat played well.”
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Looking ahead, Rohit Sharma expressed confidence in the Mumbai Indians’ ability to bounce back from the defeat. He commended the team’s batting performance, especially from the younger players, and encouraged them to carry the positive aspects of their game into the next season.
Rohit Sharma also acknowledged the challenges faced by bowling teams throughout the season, emphasizing the need for adaptability and resilience. He recognized the outstanding performance of the Gujarat Titans and applauded their efforts in securing a place in the final.
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