Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opening batsman Shubman Gill’s spectacular no-look six was one of the highlights of his team’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 opener on Sunday (April 11) in Chennai.
Gill, who though missed out with the bat and made just 15 runs in his innings before being dismissed, lit up the occasion with a superlative hit through the long-on region when he faced Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) quick T Natarajan.
Shubman Gill drove Natarajan through for a maximum without looking up as he got one near the arc of his bat from the SRH left-arm pacer on the first delivery of the fourth over of KKR’s innings.
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Dismissed bowled by SRH’s spin great Rashid Khan eventually, Shubman Gill’s early departure in the KKR innings helped little in dispelling the doubts around his T20 prowess. But his prodigious talent and class were evident in the way he smashed Natarajan outside the park.
From the side-on angle, the beautiful flourish on Shubman Gill’s stoke looked even better as he seemed to have picked the length and line of the ball from Natarajan very early. And instead of trying to belt the ball, focused purely on timing it.
Gill played a small part in setting KKR on their way to a strong total of 187/6 by sharing an opening stand of 53 runs with Nitish Rana, who was one of the two stand-out batting performers on the night for the two-time champions along with Rahul Tripathi.
Both Rana and Tripathi made fantastic half-centuries. While Rana finished with a 56-ball 80 on being promoted to open the innings, Tripathi made a decent feast of middle-order duties via a 53 off 29 deliveries. Rana hit nine fours and four maximums through his knock, whereas Tripathi scaled the boundary seven times, including five fours and two sixes.
Coming back to Gill, the India and KKR right-hand batsman was at the receiving end of effusive praise from teammate Pat Cummins recently. Cummins lauded Gill for his approach towards the game.
“He’s good, he’s young,” Cummins said on Gill during an Instagram live organised by KKR. “He wants to take the game on and is really relaxed. “He doesn’t take cricket or life too seriously. So it’s good fun to be with him.”
“I get along really well with Shubman. It was a great debut for him last summer in Australia. We had some good contests out in the field. I really feel happy for him, he had a great start to his Test career,” he added.