By India Today Sports Desk: Gujarat Titans batter Sai Sudharsan on Friday became the second cricketer in the history of the Indian Premier League to get retired out when he had to walk back for 43 during the Qualifier 2 match against Mumbai Indians.
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The 21-year-old player has joined Punjab Kings batter Atharva Taide and Rajasthan Royals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in this rare list comprising batters who were asked to put the team ahead of them. Sudharsan was on 43 off 31 balls at the end of the 19th over when Gujarat Titans decided it was time to retire out him.
Sensational Shubman Gill’s 129 off 60 balls, his third century of the season, propelled Gujarat Titans to a commanding 233/3 against Mumbai Indians in IPL Qualifier 2 on Friday. Gill started strong and turned brutal in the second half of the innings, smashing seven fours and ten sixes in his stunning knock. In the process, Gill and B Sai Sudharsan added 138 runs for the second wicket, with B Sai Sudharsan happily playing second fiddle with a 31-ball 43 before being dismissed.
Gill’s whirlwind knock made him only the second Indian batter after Virat Kohli (2016) and overall fourth in history, after Jos Buttler (2022) and David Warner (2016), to score more than 800 runs in an IPL season. Gill hit three sixes off MI’s hero of the last game, Akash Madhwal (1/53), in the 12th over to cross the 800-run mark, continuing his form to single-handedly lead Gujarat Titans’ charge.
He brought up his fifty off 32 balls with two sixes and three fours and unleashed a flurry of sixes against seamers and spinners alike here at the nearly-packed Narendra Modi Stadium here. Gill also surpassed Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 62-ball 124 to record the highest individual score this season, with Mumbai Indians being on the receiving end on both occasions.