NEW DELHI: In a surprising turn of events ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season, Gujarat Titans have officially named Shubman Gill as their new captain following the confirmation of Hardik Pandya's trade to Mumbai Indians. This announcement comes hot on the heels of the news that Hardik Pandya has been retained by the IPL 2022 champions, a revelation that sparked numerous speculations even before the official retention announcements. The trade involving Hardik Pandya marks one of the most significant moves in the history of the IPL.
Shubman Gill, who has been rapidly establishing himself as a cricket sensation in India, now finds himself at the forefront of the Gujarat Titans. Gill began his IPL journey with Kolkata Knight Riders but gained widespread recognition for his outstanding performances in the last two seasons with the Titans. In the previous season, he emerged as the leading run-scorer, amassing an impressive 890 runs in 17 innings at an average of 59.33 and a striking strike-rate of 157.80. His stellar contributions were instrumental in Gujarat Titans' triumph in IPL 2022, where he accumulated 483 runs in 16 innings.
Expressing his delight and pride, Shubman Gill stated, "I am delighted and proud to assume the captaincy of Gujarat Titans and thank the franchise for their trust in me to lead such a fine team. We have had two exceptional seasons, and I keenly look forward to leading the team with our exciting brand of cricket."
The noteworthy aspect of Hardik Pandya's transfer is its one-way nature, with Gujarat Titans opting not to acquire any player from the five-time champions Mumbai Indians. This strategic move has not only paved the way for Shubman Gill's leadership but has also significantly bolstered the Titans' purse for the upcoming auction, reaching an impressive INR 38.25 crore—the highest among all 10 teams.
As Gujarat Titans undergo this transitional phase, the franchise has extended its gratitude to Hardik Pandya, acknowledging his valuable contributions as the erstwhile captain over the past two seasons. The stage is now set for Shubman Gill to lead Gujarat Titans into the IPL 2024 season, promising an exciting brand of cricket and new challenges in the quest for success.