IPL 2021: “He will be one of the highest scoring batsmen in the tournament” – David Hussey defends Shubman Gill’s poor form

Shubman Gill has scored just 80 runs in 5 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders this season.

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David Hussey and Shubman Gill
David Hussey and Shubman Gill

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) slumped to their fourth consecutive loss yesterday as they fell to Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium. It was a poor batting performance which led to their downfall as they could only reach 133/9 in their 20 overs. The slow start in the Powerplay and the quick wickets in the middle overs did not do them good as RR then went on to chase the target with ease.

KKR’s top-order has been a bit of a concern as they have been prone to both start slowly as well as lose their wickets. Young Shubman Gill has not been in the best of form as well and that hasn’t helped matters. The 21-year-old has scored just 80 runs in 5 matches and has thrown his wicket away on a lot of occasions. KKR would want him to come good sooner rather than later.

David Hussey speaks on Shubman Gill’s form

Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill
Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill

KKR’s chief mentor David Hussey spoke at a virtual press conference about Shubman Gill’s form and said, “He is a star player, he took the Test match arena by storm in Australia. He is very specific and he has a great work ethic. All I can say is that form will come and go, class is always permanent. He is one class individual, both on and off the field. Mark my words, he will be one of the highest scoring batsmen by the end of the tournament. He is an absolute class act.”

“It was not a deliberate plan to go that slow but full credit to Rajasthan Royals bowlers, they did not allow us to play KKR cricket up front. Under Brendon McCullum as coach, we like to play with freedom and take the game on and provide a highly entertaining brand of cricket, unfortunately we did not do that. We have got the next game against Punjab Kings in Ahmedabad in a few days time,” he added.

KKR’s next match is against Punjab Kings tomorrow.

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