IPL 2022, GT vs DC | This is the Shubhman we all want to see, Hardik Pandya praises the youngster

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IPL 2022, GT vs DC | This is the Shubhman we all want to see, Hardik Pandya praises the youngster

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SportsCafe Desk

04/03/2022

Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya has praised Shubhman Gill for his knock of 84 runs after winning against Delhi Capitals by 14 runs saying that the team wants to see this version of Shubhman Gill. Pandya further added that the other batters should take confidence from the youngster to perform.

Gujarat Titans have continued their winning momentum in the tournament registering their second victory in the tournament. Shubhman Gill smashed 84 runs from 46 balls and was instrumental in helping the team put up a decent total. While defending the target, GT pacers were effective from the start as they used short-pitched deliveries very well. Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped four wickets from 28 runs in his spell. Reflecting on the win, captain Hardik Pandya has praised Gill and Ferguson for the victory. 

“This is the Shubman we all want to see and I hope all the other batters can take confidence from him. Really happy with the way boys are coming out and contributing. The kind of attack we have, we always felt that we can make a score that's 10 under-par look like 25 above,” Hardik Pandya said in the post-match presentation.

“I thought there were periods where Delhi were ahead, but then that Lockie over really changed things for us. We were about 10-15 short. But with the bowling we have, I'm confident of making it up in the field.”

Delhi Capitals were reduced to 34/3 but then Rishabh Pant and Lalit Yadav stitched a crucial partnership that might have changed the course of the game. Varun Aaron was injured in the second innings and so the team was one bowler short. Hardik Pandy stepped up on the occasion and bowled four overs. Pant looked to snatch away the game from GT but Ferguson came to the team’s rescue as he dismissed Pant with a bouncer on a score of 43 runs. 

Pandya has said that they were trying to take the game as deep as possible because of Aaron’s injury. 

“We were one bowler short with Aaron's injury, had to take it as deep as possible and it worked for us. Till Rishabh was there, the game was in the balance or maybe Delhi was ahead, and that over from Lockie really turned it for us,” he explained.

Ferguson was adjudged Man of the Match for his heroic spell. He used his pace and bounce to send the batters packing. He said that he was trying to use the bounce from the surface and was hitting hard lengths. 

“There was a lot of bounce in the surface and I was looking to bang away on that hard length. Some gripped and it worked for me with Rishabh's wicket. Was a good all-round performance from the bowlers. Hardik is always giving us confidence to play the game that we want to play and it's nice to have a captain who trusts your skills,” Ferguson stated.

He also praised the bowling attack of the team saying his bowling partners made him easy to bowl without pressure. 

“Was one of those nights and with the kind of bowling partners I have, makes things very easy for me. It's great (to have a potent bowling unit) and helps to spread calmness in the group. The pressure was coming from both ends with the ball and it worked for us. I think it (bowling extra fast) is more of an instinct thing,” he explained. 

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