Defending champions Gujarat Titans have been struggling to defend their total this season and team mentor Gary Kirsten admitted that it is a matter of concern for the team and said that due to lack of systematic bowling this is happening.
Out of the five matches that Gujarat has played so far, they have won three matches while they could not defend their score in two matches.
Kirsten said, “In the last IPL, we defended our scores in four matches while chasing in six matches. This time we haven’t been able to defend our score yet but it’s still early days of the tournament. Last year we had a settled bowling attack, this time some players are injured. Also, a player whom we rely on in crucial overs may not necessarily be ready for it.”
Gujarat is probably missing New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, who was handed over to Kolkata Knight Riders. “Every team has to adapt to different situations and we have had the opportunity to focus and organize this department to make sure the right players fill the roles,” Kirsten said.
The former South African batsman also praised Shubman Gill, who has got Gujarat off to a good start so far. Gill has so far scored 228 runs in five matches. He (Gill) has come out as a skilful batsman. This is reflected in his stellar performances across all formats for the Indian team.
We knew he was a skilful batsman, the next level for Shubman will be how he uses his skills and makes an impact on the game.