The Qualifier 2 match between the Gujarat Titans and the Mumbai Indians at Ahmedabad’s historic Narendra Modi Stadium will be remembered primarily for the timeless valour of Shubman Gill, but it also marked the third case of a player retiring in the history of the tournament and the IPL, respectively.
After Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed for an individual score of 18, Gujarat’s talented middle-order batter Sai Sudharshan, who has had a commendable run in the ongoing tournament, once again rose to the occasion and played the role of an anchor to Gill’s destructive knock.
Gill’s achievements were nicely balanced by Sudharsan’s effort, and he made sure that GT didn’t lose another wicket and give the initiative back to MI. Before Gill was caught by Akash Madhwal, the pair put up a score of 138 runs for the second wicket. After scoring 43 runs (without getting out) off of 31 balls, Rashid Khan came in to replace Sudharsan before the 20th over. After Ravichandran Ashwin and Atharva Taide, Sudharsan was the third and last player to retire from the IPL. He was the second player to retire this season and the first for Mumbai.
GT’s first innings ended with a staggering 233/3 thanks in large part to Rashid, who came in for the last over and smashed Chris Jordan right down the ground for a smashing boundary on the very first ball he played before scoring a single off the only other ball he played to stay undefeated on five.
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In the 2022 season of the IPL, Ashwin was the first player to retire himself out, making way for Riyan Parag in a match against the Lucknow Super Giants. In contrast, Atharva Taide repeated the performance in the current season’s matchup with Delhi Capitals.
Shubman Gill, meantime, is in the form of his life right now, scoring another century in the decisive match against MI and therefore leading GT’s attack in their home ground. The 129 runs that Gill scored off of 60 balls was a strike rate of 215. Tim David dropped him when he was on 30 earlier in the innings, but he didn’t flinch as he started the slaughter and made David feel even worse.
Gill hit as many as eleven sixes in one inning. Eventually, Madhwal got rid of him in the 17th over when Dvaid made amends by dismissing Gill. Hardik Pandya, the team’s skipper, smashed 28* to help GT set an insurmountable target. One wicket was taken by Madhwal and another by Piyush Chawla for MI.