'Got To Give Credit To Shubman...,' Rohit Sharma After Gill's Masterclass Knocks MI Out Of IPL 2023
Rohit Sharma lauds Shubman Gill after the latter's hundred [Image- IPLT20]
Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma was full of praise for centurion Shubman Gill and the entire Gujarat Titans team after the defending champions stormed their win in the final of IPL 2023 with a comprehensive 62-run win in the Qualifier 02 on Friday night.
The five-time champions were knocked out in comprehensive fashion thanks to a majestic 60-ball 129 from opener Shubman Gill, and an all-round bowling performance from GT-led by Mohit Sharma (5/10 in 2.2).
Gill's magnificent ton propelled the Titans to an insurmountable 233/3 in 20 overs, and as Rohit admitted in the post-match presentation, MI never looked like getting close to the target as they didn't get the momentum that they were looking for in the Powerplay.
The likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma did their best but MI needed someone to do a Gill and bat through the innings, which they didn't get.
Rohit, however, lauded his players- especially the younger crop- for the character they showed throughout the season while also defending his underwhelming bowling attack.
Here's what Rohit Sharma said:
"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.
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."
Gujarat Titans will now face 4-time winners Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash on May 28.