Shubman Gill Can Break Virat Kohli’s Record of 900+ runs, says Ravi Shastri: Can Shubman Gill break Virat Kohli’s record? Former India coach Ravi Shastri projected that Gujarat Titans opener Shubman Gill might surpass Virat Kohli’s mark of 973 runs scored in a single Indian Premier League season.
Virat Kohli still holds the record for most runs scored in a single Indian Premier League season. In 2016, Kohli amassed 973 runs, becoming the only player in tournament history to collect 900+ runs in a single season.
During a question-and-answer session of #AskStar in Star Sports, Shastri stated that breaking Virat Kohli’s record would be exceptionally difficult and that only an opener would be capable of doing it. When asked who would surpass the total runs, Shastri mentioned Gujarat Titans opener Shubman Gill, who entered the IPL on a scorching form this season.
Shastri said, “He has to be an opening batsman, because only then will he get many opportunities to score runs. And I feel it is Subhman Gill because he is in good form and also because he plays top of the order. So he will get a good number of opportunities to score runs.”
“The pitches are good, so if he can score 80-100 runs consecutively in two or three innings, then at that point of time only he will already have 300-400 runs.”
“According to me, it is very difficult to break the record, because 900 plus runs is huge but one thing is opening batsmen will get two extra matches and two extra innings, so opening batsmen can only break this record if it is possible,” Shastri said.
Shubman Gill scored a half-century against Chennai Super Kings to begin the IPL 2023. In the following two games, the batsman lost some steam and only managed 14, and 39 against Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders, respectively.
Gill reached the 2,000 run mark in the IPL on Sunday. Gill has amassed 2,016 runs with an average of 32.52 at a strike rate of 126.24 in 77 games so far in the IPL.
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