Gill will be one of highest-scoring batsmen in IPL 2021: Hussey backs Gill
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief David Hussey has backed opener Shubman Gill after his another poor performance against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Saturday in Mumbai.
Gill has been in sublime form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). He scored just 80 runs in 5 matches with the highest score of 33. His strike-rate was also low- 121.21. For this, he’s facing much criticism from fans as he didn’t able to bring good start to the team when it was needed most.
However, Hussey said that they’re not concerned about it and Gill will be back in form soon surely. “One thing I do know is that he took the Test match arena by storm in Australia,” Hussey said. “The way he works on his game in the nets, he’s very specific. He’s got a great work ethic and I reckon all I can say is probably form will come and go, but class is always permanent. He is one class individual off the field but also an exceptionally talented player on the field. Mark my works he’ll be one of the highest-scoring batsmen by the end of the tournament. He’s an absolute class act.”
KKR had a very frustrating day last night as they only managed to score 133 runs in 20 overs. Hussey was asked if Andre Russell would bat higher in the batting order, the score should be more. He batted at no. 7 last night. In reply, he said: “Really, we just needed to get a partnership going at that stage when Andre was ready to come in next. Dre is probably at his scintillating best when he has maybe three or four overs to go and he can hit 30 or 40 runs off about 15 balls and yeah, in a perfect world, he can go at No. 3 and make 200 I guess, but wasn’t tonight. Yeah, maybe look at all strategies when it comes to the batting going forward with the Kings to play in a couple of days’ time, and yeah, everything’s on the table.”
He also talked about inclusion of New Zealand speedster Lockie Ferguson in the team as their bowling against RR wasn’t upto the mark. RR won the match comfortably by 6 wickets. “Lockie is a class act and an excellent bowler for New Zealand. He particularly played well for Kolkata last year. He’s handy in the death, but he’ll also push the selection over the remaining games. Think everyone is on the table in terms of selection and we’ve got some tough decisions to make. We’ve going to start winning some games and I think everything will be discussed,” he said.
KKR are standing at the bottom of the point table with just 1 win from 5 matches they played so far. They’ll face Punjab Kings in their next match on April 26 in Ahmedabad.