By India Today Sports Desk: India cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra commended Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharsan for their exceptional partnership that proved to be the turning point in the IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 clash between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians.
Gill’s aggressive batting display, marked by powerful 10 sixes, left Chopra in awe, considering the challenging nature of the ground. Chopra also praised Sudharsan for his technical prowess and for not succumbing to the pressure of matching Gill’s strokeplay.
“When Shubman Gill started to hit, that was an unreal kind of batting. The guy was hitting sixes whenever he wanted and this is not a small ground. Sai Sudharsan played extremely well technically,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
Chopra highlighted Sudharsan’s ability to stay composed while Gill dominated the scoring. The left-handed batter chose to play his own game, allowing Gill the freedom to express himself. Sudharsan’s contribution was evident as he retired out after a commendable innings, showcasing Hardik Pandya’s skills as well.
“One more thing I liked a lot was that he was not getting carried away when fours and sixes were being struck from the other end. He said Shubman can play his own way and he will play his own way. In the end, we saw him getting retired out and Hardik Pandya’s prowess as well. Overall 233 runs, which is a lot,” the commentator said.
Chopra acknowledged Gujarat Titans’ total of 233 runs, considering it a significant achievement. The commentator also lauded Mohit Sharma’s brilliant bowling performance for Gujarat Titans. Sharma’s figures of 5/10 in 2.2 overs played a pivotal role in securing victory for the defending champions.
Chopra further analysed the match, emphasising the advantage gained by Gujarat Titans by batting first after losing the toss. Setting a massive target of 234 runs for Mumbai Indians, the Titans bowlers then dismantled the opposition, restricting them to 171 and securing a resounding 62-run win.
Chopra explained that the toss result worked in the Titans’ favour, as batting conditions would have been more challenging in the second innings due to the movement and conditions under lights. He praised the Titans batters for weathering the initial challenges and subsequently launching a blistering attack on Mumbai Indians bowlers.
“Losing the toss was actually a blessing in disguise. If the match had started on time, if it had not rained and the conditions were not overcast, you would have won the toss and batted first,” Chopra said.
“Everyone has understood that although there is a slight chasing bias here, the ball moves a lot in the second innings under lights. It is difficult to bat. So in such a scenario, run chases happen at times but with great difficulty.”
The Gujarat Titans’ initial cautious approach, followed by an aggressive onslaught, propelled them to victory and sealed their spot in the IPL 2023 final against Chennai Super Kings.