Talented opener Shubman Gill will lead the Gujarat Titans (GT) in the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The announcement came after former captain Hardik Pandya’s departure. However, reacting to his appointment, Gill shared that it won’t completely sink in till they play their first match of the IPL 2024. He also stated that leading an IPL team is a dream come true for anyone who aspires to be a cricketer.
In a video shared by the Titans on their social media handles, Gill said: “It’s going to take probably till the time we don’t play the first match. It’s not going to quite sink in. It’s a great feeling. I was about 7 or 8 years old when IPL started. Obviously, it’s a dream for any kid who wants to be a cricketer and who wants to play in the IPL to be able to captain a team. To be able to be that kind of a binding factor in this team, it feels amazing.”
However, Shubman Gill further added that commitment, loyalty, discipline, and hard work are the traits that he believes a leader should have. He also believes that his experience playing under successful captains will benefit him as well.
“We all know captainship comes with a lot of things, and commitment is one of them, discipline is one of them, hard work is one of them, and loyalty is one of them,” he continued. “I have played under great leaders and I have learnt a lot from them. I think those learnings that I have had from their experience, and playing under them will help me a lot in this IPL,” he again shared.
However, Gujarat Titans were forced to hand the captaincy to someone else after Hardik Pandya was traded to his former franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) in an all-cash deal. Under Hardik, they became champions in 2022 and finished runner-up in 2023 as well.
“We have great leaders in our team, be it Kane, or be it Rashid bhai, or be it Shami bhai, or even David and Wriddhi bhai, so it’s going to be great. Obviously, there will be a lot of learnings along the way, which is what experience is, and which will be my experience as a captain. I see a lot of people making great memories. For this shub shuruat (auspicious start), I will need your blessings and support,” Shubman Gill concluded.