Former Indian spinner, Harbhajan Singh highlighted the stark contrasts between Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli after both hit back-to-back centuries in the IPL 2023 league stage. Gill replicated Kohli’s remarkable achievement by scoring his second consecutive century. The momentous occasion took place during the last league match of the season between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Gujarat Titans (GT).
Gill, who became the first batter from GT to hit a century in the history of the tournament, reached his fifty in a blazing 29 balls. He then took another 23 deliveries to secure his second consecutive ton, following his maiden IPL century against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). Gill’s century-sealing six in the final over led GT to a six-wicket victory over RCB, who got eliminated from the IPL 2023 as fourth-placed Mumbai Indians advanced to the playoffs.
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Interestingly, both Gill and Kohli attained their first hundreds in IPL 2023 against SRH. On May 21, Kohli silenced his critics with a when he smashed 60-ball hundred against GT at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Moreover, Kohli achieved the milestone of recording 600-plus runs for the third time in the tournament, previously accomplished in 2013 and 2016. KL Rahul holds the record for achieving this feat four times (2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022).
Talking about Shubman Gill, during a chat on Star Sport, Harbhajan Singh said, “Shubman Gill constructs his innings brilliantly. He has his own persona and possesses that lazy elegance, unlike intense Virat Kohli. He can play all kinds of shots with ease just like Kohli, but he won’t appear as aggressive as Kohli with his body language. He is a different character. He’s such a prospective talent for India.”
Harbhajan Singh added that Kohli has proper cricketing shots and can play in any format with supreme techniques.
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Talking about Virat Kohli, Harbhajan Singh said, “You never see Virat Kohli play risky shots, he always looks to play in the ‘V’. He has proper cricketing shots and that is why he’s such a great batter. Kohli is a proper batter and he can play any format of the game be it Tests, T20s or even T10s because of the supreme technique.”