After six matches, the Kolkata Knight Riders Franchise bagged their first victory. The openers Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill followed by the heroic knock of Andre Russell helped them to seal the victory despite Hardik Pandya‘s heroics for Mumbai Indians.
Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill started things on a flashy note. Then it was Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik, who gave a brilliant finish with their blistering striking. Following that, bowlers did the job for the team.
I was all about preparing mindset – Shubman Gill
Speaking of the same in the post-match press conference, Shubman Gill quoted that he is happy to contribute for the team at the opening slot. He added that it is all about the mindset and executing things under the pressure.
“Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been doing well (as openers). Narine was giving good starts. So I was happy to get a chance and capitalise on that. It’s one of the best knocks in this IPL, especially considering the situation that we had lost six matches in a row. We do all kinds of practice in various match-conditions. It was all about preparing the mindset and executing on the field.”
I already proved myself:
Further, Gill added that he doesn’t need to prove anyone when he is already in a tournament like the Indian Premier League, where the quality will be high. He believes that it is all about continuing the good show in the middle.
“We play so many matches at different levels. You start to gain confidence by doing well. So when you’re in a big league like IPL, you know you don’t have to prove anyone. I’ve already proved myself there. It’s all about continuing that.”
Partnership with Andre Russell:
The highlight of Shubman Gill’s knock is that he outsmarted Andre Russell in whacking those deliveries out of the park during their partnership. When Russell was struggling, Gill delivered those much-needed boundaries to help KKR put a massive tally.
We had a good opening partnership maybe he was sent in to capitalise on that. I was set when Russell came in to bat. They were employing spinners after Lynn got out. So we decided that I take on the spinners. Then he will take chances after getting set. Setting up a good partnership was our priority at that stage,” he said.
Well, as Shubman Gill said, it is one of the best knocks in the ongoing season of IPL. Now, they would like to finish the remaining games on a winning note in order to see themselves in a good position for playoffs.