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Shubman Gill Dominates IPL 2023 as Cricket ‘Prince’

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Shubman Gill Dominates IPL 2023 as Cricket ‘Prince’

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Shubman Gill’s phenomenal performance in the ongoing IPL season has left cricket enthusiasts in awe. The 23-year-old batsman has not only shattered records but has also etched his name among the elite few who have achieved remarkable milestones before turning 25. Gill’s recent match-winning century for the Gujarat Titans (GT) against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final league stage match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has firmly established his position as a rising star in the cricketing world.

With his century, Gill has joined the exclusive club of players who have amassed over 600 runs in an IPL season before reaching the age of 25. In the ongoing season, Gill has amassed a staggering 680 runs at an average of 56.66 and a strike rate of 152.66. This outstanding performance includes two centuries and four fifties, with his highest score being an unbeaten 104*. His remarkable achievements have propelled him to become the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament this season.

Shubman Gill’s entry into this illustrious club follows in the footsteps of talented players like Shaun Marsh, who scored 616 runs at the age of 24 in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, and emerged as the orange cap winner. Other notable young talents who achieved this feat include Rishabh Pant, who amassed 684 runs in 2018 at the age of 20, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who scored 635 runs in 2021 at the age of 24, and Yashasvi Jaiswal, who accumulated 625 runs at the age of 21 in 2023.

In addition to his remarkable run-scoring prowess, Gill has also etched his name in the record books by hitting the most sixes in an inning by a GT batter. During his scintillating knock of 104* off just 52 balls, Gill smashed five fours and an impressive eight sixes. Although he fell short of breaking Rashid Khan’s record of 10 sixes in a single inning, Gill’s power-hitting abilities showcased his incredible talent.


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Furthermore, Gill shattered his own record for the highest individual score by a GT batter. Previously, he had scored 101 runs in a match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this season. However, during his match-winning century against RCB, Gill surpassed his previous record and solidified his reputation as a dominant force in the IPL.

Notably, Gill became the fourth player in the history of the IPL to achieve the remarkable feat of scoring consecutive centuries in a single season. Virat Kohli accomplished this milestone in the ongoing season itself, registering centuries against both the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the GT. Shikhar Dhawan was the first player to achieve this feat in 2020, followed by Jos Buttler in 2022.

Gill’s exceptional performances have not been limited to the IPL alone. In the realm of international cricket, he has left an indelible mark. In the Test format, Gill has accumulated 154 runs in just two matches at an impressive average of 51.33, including a century and a best score of 128. His performances in ODIs have been equally impressive, as he has amassed 624 runs in nine matches this year at an astonishing average of 78.00. This includes three centuries and one fifty, with his highest score being a phenomenal 208.

Even in the shortest format of the game, T20Is, Gill has showcased his prowess by scoring 202 runs in six matches at an average of 40.0, including a stunning century with a top score of 126. Combining all formats of international cricket, Gill has amassed a staggering total of 980 runs in 17 matches and 18 innings, maintaining an exceptional average of 106.40. His incredible tally includes five centuries and a fifty, with his highest score being an extraordinary 208.

The young Punjab batsman’s remarkable achievements don’t end there. Gill has become the first Indian player to score a century in Tests, ODIs, T20Is, and the IPL in a single calendar year. This unique feat showcases his versatility and adaptability across different formats of the game.


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