Shubman Gill slammed 76 in just 45 balls and was a crucial factor behind KKR finally snapping their six-match losing streak on Sunday against Mumbai Indians.
“Definitely my best knock in the IPL,” said Gill at the post-match press conference. “We were not in a good position coming into this game and it was a must-win game for us. Taking the overall situation into account, can say this was my best knock.
“We were playing with an extra batsman today so we wanted to go hard and be aggressive as we had backup. That support is very important. We lost six matches on the trot and the talk in the dressing room was just that we should start a new streak here on and we’ll carry that till the final.”
The 19-year-old has mostly batted lower down the order the whole of his IPL career but with KKR not getting enough runs as they would have liked from Sunil Narine upfront, Gill was promoted and the move paid dividends.
“Lynn has been opening for so long so we can’t push him down the order and Narine has been doing very well too. So, I can’t say that I should have been given a chance at the top of the order earlier but I am happy that I have the opportunity now and I capitalised on it,” Gill remarked.