Gujarat Titans have named Shubman Gill as their captain for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). This decision comes after the transfer of the original skipper, Hardik Pandya, to Mumbai Indians.
Vikram Solanki, the director of cricket for Gujarat Titans, expressed confidence in Gill’s leadership abilities, citing his remarkable growth in stature over the past two years. Solanki highlighted Gill’s development not only as a batsman but also as a cricketing leader. Gill’s noteworthy contributions on the field played a pivotal role in Gujarat Titans’ success in the 2022 season and a strong performance in 2023. Responding to his appointment, Shubman Gill expressed delight and pride in leading the Gujarat Titans. He thanked the franchise for entrusting him with the captaincy, acknowledging the team’s exceptional performance in the past two seasons.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians extended a warm welcome to Hardik Pandya, who is rejoining the team. The franchise expressed joy in having Pandya back in the Mumbai Indians family, emphasizing his remarkable journey from a young scouted talent to becoming a star player for Team India. Akash Ambani, the team owner, expressed happiness at seeing Hardik’s return, describing it as a homecoming that brings great balance to the team.
Hardik Pandya’s return marks a reunion with familiar faces, including Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan, creating anticipation for a dynamic and successful collaboration. The MI release emphasized Hardik’s initial prominence with Mumbai Indians, leading to his debut for India in 2016.