IPL 2023
Scott Styris believes KKR made a huge mistake by releasing Shubman Gill
By SMCS - May 29, 2023 3:00 pm
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Shubman Gill has been in sublime form in the IPL 2023. He has been playing for the defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) and played a key role in his side reaching the final. However, he was one of the key players of Kolkata Knight Riders a couple of years back and former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris said KKR’s decision to part ways with him was the ‘biggest blunder’ a team has made in the history of the league.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill scored a brilliant knock

“I still believe that his release from KKR will go down as the biggest blunder a franchise has made. The only other one was KL Rahul from RCB. However, there is age advantage here. Gill is still a very young man, he has got a lot of growth in his game. He can not only be the star for this GT star, especially after the next World Cup, he will be the backbone of this Indian side. And I think he will embrace that.” Styris told JioCinema.

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Shubman Gill was released by two-time champions KKR before IPL 2022. He was overlooked by the KKR think-tank as the Kolkata-based franchise opted to retain Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakaravarthy at that time. Gill was roped in by Gujarat Titans, with whom he won the IPL title in 2022 as well. He smashed a sensational century against Mumbai Indians (MI) in Qualifier 2 which was his third this season and smashed 851 runs and is all set to win the Orange Cap this season as well.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill scored a flamboyant century

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“We have seen the evolution of Baby GOAT, from his KKR days to now in GT. He was getting starts, and out of nowhere, he would get out. But he is converting those. He has made the adjustments to his game. He has taken the responsibility, he is happy to be the mainstay of this batting line-up. And he is looking like Virat Kohli back in the day as well, in the sense that he is in total control of his game. He is not having to thrash the ball or go after the bowling. He just hits the bad ball,” Scott Styris concluded.