Gujarat Titans today named Shubman Gill as captain to lead the team ahead of the IPL 2024
New Delhi, Nov, 27: Shubman Gill has been appointed the captain of Gujarat Titans after the franchise confirmed Hardik Pandya’s return to Mumbai Indians via trade. Gill, who won the Orange Cap earlier this year, will take over from Hardik, who led GT for two seasons, leading the team to an IPL title in 2022 and a runner-up finish in 2023.
“Shubman Gill has shown growth in stature and standing over the last two years at the highest level of the game. We’ve seen him mature not only as a batter but also as a leader in cricket. His contribution on the field has helped Gujarat Titans emerge as a formidable force, guiding the team through a successful campaign in 2022 and a strong run in 2023. His maturity and skill is evident in his on-field performance and we are extremely excited to embark on a new journey with a young leader like Shubman at the helm,” Vikram Solanki, Director of Cricket, Gujarat Titans, said.
“As the first captain of Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya has helped the franchise deliver two fantastic seasons that resulted in winning one IPL championship and one appearance in the final. He has now expressed a desire to return to his original team Mumbai Indians. We respect his decision and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.”
Gill, with 890 runs at an average of 59.33 from 17 matches was the leading scorer at last IPL – the second-highest of all time behind Virat Kohli’s tally of 973 – and with a prolific record in 2023 behind him, was the most obvious choice for the post. Kane Williamson was another name that was doing the rounds, but the franchise felt who better to represent them than the future face of Indian cricket and a captain in the making.
“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,” said Gill on his promotion.
Hardik’s return signifies a heartfelt homecoming to the MI family, reuniting with stalwarts like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and the entire team. Initially rising to prominence with MI, he later made his debut for India in 2016. As India’s premier all-rounder, Hardik played a pivotal role in MI’s remarkable four triumphs in the IPL from 2015 to 2021.
“We are thrilled to welcome Hardik back home. It’s a heartwarming reunion with our Mumbai Indians family. From being a young scouted talent of Mumbai Indians to now being a team India star, Hardik has come a long way and we’re excited for what the future holds for him and Mumbai Indians,” Nita Ambani said.