The IPL fever has already begun with the latest trade saga where the former captain of Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya returns to Mumbai Indians after two successive seasons in Gujarat Titans. Gujarat Titans now appoint Shubman Gill as the new captain ahead of the 2024 season.
Gujarat Titans announced the retention of their former captain Hardik Pandya hours before the retention deadline. The Titans then traded him back to Mumbai Indians and in return, they got Rs 15 crores.
Shubman Gill has made a huge leap in his IPL career after Gujarat Titans chose him as the franchise’s best player in its first way back in the 2022 season for a whopping 8 crores. Shubman Gill in return performed exceptionally in his debut season for the Titans. The 24-year right-hander scored 483 runs in 16 matches in the 2022 season. He followed it up with a monstrous power-packed performance in the 2023 season. Gill became the leading run-scorer and orange cup holder. He scored 890 runs in 17 matches and helped Gujarat Titans reach another IPL final.
Why Gujarat Titans appointed Shubman Gill as Captain ahead of Kane Williamson?
Doubts knock on the door of decisions and one such decision that has raised everyone’s eyebrows is when the team has retained Kane Williamson one of the best captains in the world. The question is why Kane Williamson was not appointed as the captain of Gujarat Titans.
It comes as a strategic move as the franchise and head coach Ashish Nehra prefer Indian players as captains. Shubman Gill was the vice-captain of the U-19 World Cup squad in 2018 that won the title. Gill the expectational leadership qualities and it totally makes sense when you think on a longer run.
Gujarat Titans Squad 2023 : Shubman Gill (c), Matthew Wade, Wrddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Darshan Nalkande, Vijay Shankar, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Noor Ahmad, Sai Kishore, Rashid Khan, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma