Following his side’s seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL match, Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya lauded all-rounder Vijay Shankar for his match-winning knock
Following his side’s seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya lauded all-rounder Vijay Shankar for his match-winning knock, saying that he is “more fitter, more confident” and the hard work put by him is immense. An explosive half-century by Vijay Shankar and classy knocks from Shubman Gill and David Miller powered Gujarat Titans (GT) to a seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.
(On bowling spells by Noor and Little) They got us ready for action and they kept us in the chase. The manner in which Gurbaz batted – he was hitting great balls with some conviction and clearness. The way they (Noor and Little) bowled was perfect. I would have required 180 on that wicket on some random day. In a gathering, we know that to dominate the match, regardless of the circumstance, we need to play great cricket. That humbleness is assisting us with dominating matches of cricket,” expressed Hardik in a post-match show.
They are regarding what is happening, we need to confront it and it is just about playing great cricket and being brilliant. (On Vijay Shankar) He is a fitter Vijay Shankar, more sure and how much difficult work he has placed in is fantastic. His hits changed the game and pushing ahead, we can hope for something else of the equivalent. I generally felt that great individuals arrive at great spots and he is positively one of those,” he added.
Vijay has had an extraordinary effect as a hitter in IPL 2023. In six matches, he has scored 199 runs at a normal of 49.75. He has scored two half-hundreds of years, with best score of 63. His runs have come at a strike pace of more than 165. Put to bat first by GT, KKR set up a serious complete of 179/7 in their 20 overs. Wickets continued to succumb to KKR, however Rahmanullah Gurbaz kept the opposite end consistent with a dangerous thump of 81 runs in 39 balls, which comprised of five fours and seven sixes. Toward the end, an engaging appearance from Andre Russell (34 off 19 balls, with two fours and three sixes) pushed KKR to a cutthroat score. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for GT, taking 3/33 in his four overs. Joshua Little (2/25) and Noor Ahmed (2/21) likewise conveyed efficient four-over spells. Be that as it may, it was an off day for Rashid as he offered 54 runs in four overs with no wickets, with an economy pace of 13.50. In the pursuit of 180, Shubman Gill began all around well. He played a thump of 49 of every 35 balls, comprising of eight fours. He was upheld well by captain Hardik Pandya, who scored 26 off 20 balls, with two fours and a six and put on a 50-run represent the subsequent wicket. After the two of them were excused, GT was decreased to 93/3 in 11.2 overs. The team of Vijay Shankar (51 in 24 balls, with two fours and five sixes) and David Mill operator (32* in 18 balls with two fours and two sixes) assisted GT with fixing a seven-wicket win with 13 balls to go.
Sunil Narine, Harshit Rana and Andre Russell got a wicket each. Joshua Little was named as the ‘Player of the Counterpart’ for his spell of 2/25.
With this success, GT are the new table-clinchers with 12 places, having won six matches out of eight. KKR are at the seventh situation with three successes and six misfortunes.