Former New Zealand cricketer Siman Doull has lauded Shubman Gill for his match-winning knock against SRH — and has predicted that Gill could soon be a captain in IPL. On Saturday evening, SRH won the toss and opted to bat first against KKR at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. SRH had a slow start to the game and they lost their openers quickly. The Hyderabad based side could only add up a meagre score of 142 runs.
A stellar and steady knock of 70 runs from 62 balls by Shubman Gill and an important partnership by Eoin Morgan who made 42 runs off 29 balls, cruised KKR easily past the target. KKR now have one win and one loss to their name in the IPL 2020.
Simon Doull impressed by Shubman Gill’s knock against SRH
Cricketer-turned-commentator Doull said Gill’s 70 against SRH was a perfect score for him to get started in the tournament. He also pointed out the presence of Eoin Morgan on the other end was a perfect combination for them to achieve the target.
“It was a perfect score for Shubman to get into this tournament. He didn’t score much in the first match. He needed a score to get started and when you are chasing only 143, you could play your natural game. It will hold him in good stead moving forward. In the match against SRH, he timed the innings superbly. He needed to be there and show the maturity that he can bat through and win for his team,” Doull told Cricbuzz.
“I think Eoin Morgan had the best ally on the other end in Shubman. So, the experience and calm nature of Morgan was supported well by the youthful exuberance of Shubman. He kept his head in place and I think it was a very very fine innings.” he added.
Shubman Gill could be leading an IPL side in two years: Simon Doull
Doull feels the company of Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum will have a good impact on Gill and he will get to learn a lot around them. He opined that he won’t be surprised to see 21-year-old Gill captaining an IPL side in the next two years.
“I won’t be surprised if we see him leading an IPL side two years down the line at the ripe age of 22-23. I think he should spend a lot of time with Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan and pick their brains. He also has Brendon McCullum, one of the most innovative captains in the last 7-9 years. I think he can learn a lot if he is around these guys,” Doull observed.
Kolkata Knight Riders will next face Rajasthan Royals on September 30th at the Dubai International Stadium.