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“It was almost confirmed that Shubman would become the captain as soon as Hardik left” – Aakash Chopra on Shubman Gill
By SMCS - Nov 28, 2023 10:00 am
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Veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes star India batter Shubman Gill’s appointment as the Gujarat Titans’ captain after Hardik Pandya’s departure is on the line as well. He also said that the Titans could have faced selection issues had Kane Williamson been given the captaincy as well.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill scored a brilliant knock

“Shubman Gill is the new Gujarat Titans captain. A lot of things have happened to him at 23 years of age, which is fascinating and fantastic. It was almost confirmed that Shubman would become the captain as soon as Hardik left,” In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra added.  “There was a school of thought about whether Kane Williamson should be made the captain. You have an example of Hyderabad already. Kane is such a good person, he drops himself if he is not doing well.”

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However, Chopra also added that Rashid Khan and David Miller are virtually indispensable for the Gujarat Titans as well and that they might also want to play Noor Ahmad in the playing XI. He also claimed that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) did a massive favour to the Mumbai Indians (MI) by picking Cameron Green as well.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma and Cameron Green

However, Green moved to the RCB ahead of the IPL 2024 auction, thereby adding a whopping ₹17.5 crore to MI’s balance of ₹15.25 crore after the retention process was completed as well. It allowed the MUmbai-based franchise to acquire Hardik Pandya from the Gujarat Titans for ₹15 crore and still have ₹17.75 crore left in their purse ahead of the auction.

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“Green has gone red or you can say RCB have gone Green. They did a huge favor to Mumbai because if this deal had not happened, the Hardik deal too wouldn’t have happened. Things have changed suddenly,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “It wouldn’t have been a bad idea to stop that (Hardik’s) deal by not doing this (Green’s) deal. I am seeing it from Bangalore’s perspective and not from Mumbai’s. They (MI) would have released him (Green). Would you have got Cameron Green more expensive than 17.5 crores if they had released him?”