Shubman Gill rues not helping NRR enough in win over CSK – Firstpost

Shubman Gill rues not helping NRR enough in win over CSK – Firstpost
Shubman Gill rues not helping NRR enough in win over CSK – Firstpost

Shubman Gill struck a century and forged a 200-run stand in Gujarat Titans’ win over Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2024. AP

Gujarat Titans beat Chennai Super Kings by 35 runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. The win hurt CSK’s IPL playoff chances while keeping the hosts alive in the race. GT moved to eighth in the 10-team tournament with 10 points after 12 matches played. CSK are fourth with 12 points after 12 matches. GT captain Shubman Gill said that they couldn’t boost their net run rate (NRR) enough in the win.

Gill said they were 15 runs short while batting as the net run-rate didn’t witness a serious leap despite their win.

Gill, who scored 104 off 55 balls, shared a 210-run opening wicket stand with fellow centurion B Sai Sudharsan (103 off 51 balls) as Gujarat put up an imposing 231/3.

In the end, CSK scored 196 and Gujarat’s NRR improved to -1.063. Even if GT win their remaining two matches, and move to 14 points, it might not be enough to qualify for playoffs.

“Honestly at one point 250 was for the taking and we fell short. In the last two-three overs they bowled well. “I thought we were 10-15 short, not in terms of the match but in terms of net run rate,” Gill said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Gill left the field early during CSK’s chase as Rahul Tewatia took over as captain but he assured everyone that it was mere cramps. “It’s just a cramp, nothing more.”

About his 210 run opening stand with Sudharsan, Gill said that he loved the freedom with which they executed their shots. Gill hit six maximums while Sudharsan had one more.

“Loved the freeness of it (partnership with Sudharsan), we didn’t have targets in mind, we maximized every over and opportunity in front of us. We have a good camaraderie between us, we run the two, we understand each other well. In terms of numbers, it is definitely [our best opening partnerships].”

On a flat deck, Mohit Sharma’s 3/31 was a great effort and Gill praised the veteran’s performance. “Mohit bhai has done it for us in the last couple of years and he has done it tremendously for us. “He was a revelation for us, one or two bad games happen.”

CSK captain Ruturaj Gaikwad admitted that road to playoffs is becoming tougher. “Fielding let us down a little bit, we gave away 10-15 runs. Execution-wise we were good but they played really well. Two batters were exceptional and it’s hard to control runs around the park. Our next game is a day game in Chennai (day after tomorrow), it’s going to be tough against a tough team (Rajasthan Royals),” Gaikwad said.

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