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“Did Not Look Like He was Leading for the First Time,” Sai Kishore Praises Shubman Gill after Opener Match

The spinner Sai Kishore heaps praise on Gujarat Titans skipper Shubman Gill after the side’s victory in their opener match of the IPL 2024 campaign.

Sai Kishore praises Shubman Gill

Gujarat Titans won their opener match of the 2024 season against five-time champions Mumbai Indians by 6 runs on Sunday clash. After the match, the left-arm spinner Sai Kishore praised head coach Ashish Nehra for setting up team culture and Shubman Gill for his impressive captain stint at Narendra Modi Stadium.

“Shubman led the team very well. It did not look like he was leading for the first time. Even to me as a spinner, the inputs that he gave were fantastic,” said in a post-match conference.

Batting first Gujarat posted a score of 168 for six wickets and stopped Mumbai Indians from chasing the target securing their first victory.

“We felt we were 10 short, but the thing about this whole team and how it has been run over the last two years is we give a lot of emphasis to competing. Whether we win or lose, we’re proud of the way we play. We competed really well. That was the talk given by (head coach) Ashish Nehra as well.

“All credit to the culture he has set up over the last two years. People are not thinking about the result (alone), they’re focusing on competing and staying in the game.”

He also talked about dismissing batters through his pace and slower bowling through the air.

“Because the wicket was two-paced, we tried to go into the wicket a lot more, trust our length a lot more than directly going for yorkers. That resulted in getting a lot of wickets. It was attacking bowling even if the situation was otherwise.

“In the other teams where I play, I usually do the lead role. To do the second role makes it even more exciting. Most people are going to play off Rashid and come after me. That makes the challenge more exciting,” Sai Kishore said.

With a fresh start in the IPL, Sai Kishore is expected to play a major role in the match influencing the results.

“I was actually expecting Dew to play a major role. The ball was wet, but for some strange reason, the ball was still holding on the wicket. Usually, it slides on, but I was surprised by the amount of purchase I was getting,” he concluded.

With this victory, Gujarat Titans stand fourth in the points table with one victory. They will be traveling to Chennai to play their next match against Chennai Super Kings on March 26 at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.

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