Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bastman Shubman Gill feels his knock under pressure against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday is one of his best in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Coming into this must-win game on the back of six consecutive defeats, KKR were staring at elimination when Gill — opening the batting for the second game in a row — cracked a sublime 76 off 45 balls to guide the team to 232/2, this season’s highest total.
Along with Andre Russell, who smashed a typically explosive 40-ball 80 not out after being promoted to No.3, 19-year-old Gill was instrumental in KKR’s 34-run victory over old nemesis Mumbai as they kept their playoff chances alive.
“I think considering the situation, this is one of the best innings of mine in this IPL,” Gill told reporters at the post match press conference.
Gill said he is happy to bat wherever the team asks him to and wants to cash in on every opportunity. “I’m happy to get a chance and capitalise on that,” said Gill who has batted lower down the order more often than not for KKR both this season and last year.
“We do all kinds of practice in various conditions. It was all about the mindset,” he said when asked about his mental frame when batting at different positions. The 2018 U-19 World Cup winner credited the Indian domestic cricket circuit for preparing youngsters like him for bigger competitions like the IPL.