Kohli hit one six while Gill eight, IPL winning coach points out ‘significant difference’ between two centuries:
As per NDTV Sports English, the Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL 2023 came to an end on Sunday after a loss to defending champions Gujarat Titans in their last league phase match despite a record seventh IPL ton by Virat, RCB could not end on the winning side. GT reached the target in 19.1 overs after Kohli‘s 61-ball 101, which served as the cornerstone of RCB‘s 197-run total when batting first. Shubman Gill’s 52-ball 104* played a major role in that winning match. Gill’s innings recorded eight sixes and five fours whereas Kohli was about to make only 13 fours and one six. This number difference in ‘six’s’ showed a significant contrast between the two innings, according to IPL-winning coach Tom Moody.
He also commented that Gill is such a special player and that we have seen in all three formats of his play in the last year. Whether it’s IPL or in Indian colours, watching him play is a delightful watch. He is much more composed at the crease and looking at his facial expression and body language, he always seems to be in self-control. Thus, it proves that whatever match it is, he has got the game, he reported on ESPNCricinfo.
According to Moody, the difference between eight sixes in two hundred made the record. Both players were brilliant hundreds. However, Kohli made only one six while Gill constant eight six and ended up with a strike rate of 200. That is something significant and in such a chasing situation, against a good bowling attack, all bowed hats off to him. Gujarat Titans defeated Chennai, Mumbai, and Lucknow by six wickets to go to the playoffs of the largest T20 event in the globe. Kohli further added post-game in his statements that a lot of people think that his T20 cricket match is declining and he doesn’t feel like that at all because according to him he thinks he is playing his best T20 cricket again.
For Kohli and Bangalore it was just the latest IPL failure and the franchise has never won the title in 16 attempts: they were rather runners-up three times since the onset of the tournament began in 2008.
Kohli had been Bangalore‘s captain for a long nine seasons before deciding to step down at the conclusion of the 2021 season. The magic with the bat left Kohli when he was going through a difficult time. After a disappointing World Cup, he given up the Indian T20 captaincy in 2020 and lost his position as ODI skipper. He then quit his position as a Test Captain.
On the final day of the league stage of the IPL 2023, both Kohli and Gill recorded amazing centuries, according to RepublicWorld.com. As a former IPL winning coach, the knocks could be discerned in one aspect that turned out to be crucial. Kohli scored 101 off 63 in the first innings to take RC Bangalore to the score of 197 and Gill matched it with a 104 off 52. Moody believed that both innings were sublime but the anomaly in the number of sixes hit in the two knocks turned vital. Throughout the tournament, Kohli has been in criticism for the strike rate he has carried but he negotiated all.