"He will dominate world cricket for next decade or so.."- Matthew Hayden makes a massive prediction for Indian Star
The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League has already produced some nail-biters in the first two weeks of the tournament. A number of games have gone down to the wire, with the result coming in the very last over of the game.
One such game took place at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday between Punjab Kings and the defending champion Gujarat Titans, which went to the wire. In the end, GT held their nerve to clinch a 6-wicket victory on the second last ball of the game.
Chasing the 154-run target, GT looked in control for most of the innings but lost a few quick wickets in the end, including the big wicket of Shubman Gill in the last over, who scored the lone half-century of the match. But it was Rahul Tewatia again, who came to GT's rescue when it needed four off two balls.
He smashed a boundary to lead his team home. Meanwhile, Gill also scored a second half-century in four games and made 67 off 49 balls, including one six and seven fours. He wasn't able to finish the game but led his team to a winning position.
For his crucial knock at the top, Gill gathered huge praise from former Australian opener Matthew Hayden, who is also part of the broadcasting team in the ongoing tournament. In a chat show on "Cricket Live Show" on Star Sports, Hayden said that Gill took on the responsibility of playing an anchor role in the chase.
He said, "Gujarat Titans needed someone to take responsibility and bat deep in this run chase against a quality Punjab Kings bowling attack, and Shubman Gill did just that. Some of the shots that he played were pleasing to the eyes. He’s such a class player and he’s going to dominate world cricket for the next decade or so."
GT registered their third win in four games this season. This win helped them gain two more wins, and they are now third on the points table with a NRR of +0.341. The defending champions will play their next game on Sunday against the Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad.