Unlike the general expectation, especially after that record successive ton from Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ruled out of the playoffs in IPL 2023. Emulating his “idol”, Shubman Gill too smashed his consecutive century as Gujarat Titans (GT) churned out a rather comfortable 6-wicket win at the Chinnaswamy. Both centuries were spectacular in their own way, yet there was one that made the bigger difference, and former Australian cricketer Tom Moody made an outrageous remark while drawing the comparison.
Virat Kohli has often been criticized for his strike rate and T20 batting abilities for the better part of IPL 2023, but he silenced the critics in style. After smashing a 62-ball century of 62 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in RCB’s penultimate game, he emulated the same in the do-or-die game against GT.
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But the century just wasn’t enough. Like Kohli, there were talks around Gill’s numbers outside Ahmedabad as he had struggled in away games for GT. But with an unbeaten 104 off just 52, he shut those talks as he wrapped up GT’s league phase in style.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Tom Moody was in complete awe of Gill’s batting. While he did hail Kohli’s knock, he couldn’t stop gushing over Gill’s composed batting and relaxed approach to the chase. The former Sunrisers Hyderabad coach then pointed out the “significant difference” between the two knocks saying that it was down to the number of sixes the two batters hit.
As per the quotes in Hindustan Times, Tom Moody said, “He is such a delight to watch. He is so composed at the crease. You look at his facial expression and his body language, he looks so much in control. He has got the game. Eight sixes! That was the difference in the two hundreds.”
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He further added, “Both were brilliant hundreds. But Kohli only hit one six. Gill hit eight of them and was batting at a strike rate of 200. That’s a significant difference. And that coming in a chase, hats off to him.”