Shubman Gill has enjoyed a great IPL season so far for Gujarat Titans (GT) in 2023, scoring 851 runs in 16 matches, including three centuries. He will be in action again when GT take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on the reserved day, 29 May at Narendra Modi Stadium Ahmedabad.
But, ahead of this mega clash, the former Kiwi cricketer, Scott Styris came up with a bold claim. While speaking on JioCinema, he said that the release of Shubman Gill by KKR is the biggest blunder by a franchise ever in the history of the tournament. The other one is RCB releasing KL Rahul.
“He will be the backbone of this Indian side. And I think he will embrace that.” – Scott Styris on Shubman Gill
Styris said: “I still believe that his release from KKR will go down as the biggest blunder a franchise has made. The only other one was KL Rahul from RCB. However, there is an age advantage here. Gill is still a very young man, he has got a lot of growth in his game. He can not only be the star for this GT star, especially after the next World Cup, he will be the backbone of this Indian side. And I think he will embrace that.”
“We have seen the evolution of Baby GOAT, from his KKR days to now in GT. He was getting starts, and out of nowhere, he would get out. But he is converting those. He has made the adjustments to his game. He has taken the responsibility, he is happy to be the mainstay of this batting line-up. And he is looking like Virat Kohli back in the day as well, in the sense that he is in total control of his game. He is not having to thrash the ball or go after the bowling. He just hits the bad ball,” he concluded. Gill was a part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) from 2018 to 2021. Before IPL 2022, he got traded to GT for INR 8 Crore and in two seasons so far, he has been in top form. Meanwhile, KL Rahul was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Here is how fans have reacted to the statement:
RCB leaving KL rahul was a mistake?
— Sandesh Jain (@sandeshjain4) May 29, 2023
Deccan chargers leaving Rohit Sharma
— Rj (@imjo999) May 29, 2023
Yes RCB would’ve been last in the table had they retain KL
— Vijaykumar Chepyala (@vkchepyala) May 29, 2023
— Sourav Banik (@SouravBanik96) May 29, 2023
Rcb ne sahi kiya,warna wo 160 se jyada kabhi bana hi nahi paate
— Dr. Shardul Thakur 🇮🇳🗨 (@asliwiseman) May 29, 2023
Buying RCB and making it as a franchise itself is a big blunder lol
— Rituraja Gajakwad 31 (@RiturajPopa) May 29, 2023
but RCB leaving kl Rahul is big w
— Abxd (@ABXD_DC) May 29, 2023
— Kaushik Pabbu Ramesh (@kaushikpr94) May 29, 2023
RCB leaving Rahul was a blunder? I think releasing Chahal was the biggest mistake.
— Shahzeb Khan (@theshahzebkhan) May 29, 2023