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“Hardik Pandya Also Did Not…”: Ashish Nehra’s Honest Take On Shubman Gill’s IPL Captaincy

“Hardik Pandya Also Did Not…”: Ashish Nehra’s Honest Take On Shubman Gill’s IPL Captaincy


Ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra is excited to see how Shubman Gill operates as a skipper in one of the biggest cricketing stages. After Hardik Pandya made a comeback to his boyhood franchise Mumbai Indians and replaced Rohit Sharma as the skipper of the five-time champions, Gill stepped in to fill the vacant space left by Hardik. Gill has had a fair share of experience in leading a side following his stints as a skipper for Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the 2019-20 season and the India A side during their tour of New Zealand in early 2020.

Nehra expressed his excitement to see the growth of Gill as a captain in the upcoming season.

“Very excited to see how Gill operates. The whole of India, not only me. He is that kind of player. He is someone who is looking to play and looking to do well in all three formats. So we as a franchise, as a support staff, are really excited to help him grow as a person more than as a captain. If he grows as a person, then he will definitely be a better captain going forward,” Nehra told reporters as quoted by ESPNcricnfo.

Gill has faced numerous challenges in his career. One of the hurdles in his career was to replace Cheteshwar Pujara and adapt to the requirements of the number 3 spot in the Test format.

He flourished in that role during the recently concluded Test series against England as he amassed 452 runs.

However, doubts remain over his potential to lead GT in the IPL. Nehra backed Gill by stating numerous players like Hardik, Shreyas Iyer, and Nitish Rana who guided their teams to success while taking captaincy charge for the first time.

“And you know, Hardik also did not captain anywhere before he captained GT. Now there are ten teams. This is not the first example. You will see more and more people, you know, somebody like Shreyas Iyer, even Nitish Rana did captaincy for KKR. So this is a great experience for all these guys and let’s see who capitalises on that and move ahead, again, first as a person then as a player,” Nehra said.

Even GT’s batting coach Gary Kirsten feels that Gill can develop further as captaincy would be a great step for him.

“I think the leadership is going to be an important role for him and I know he’s really keen to do the job and we, as coaches, just need to assist him in making sure he’s getting the best out of his players and he’s leading the team appropriately and in the way we want him to lead,” Kirsten said.

“He’s a quality player. He’s a thoroughly nice person. He’s got massive motivation and determination as an individual, which we’ve seen when playing for India. But like any new leader, he’s starting from scratch and he’s going to be met with challenges along the way and we, as coaches, will just have to assist him along the way,” he added.

GT will play five-time champions Mumbai Indians in their opening game of the season on March 24 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

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