“Not Shubman Gill but Kane Williamson should have been Gujarat Titans’ captain for IPL 2024”: AB de Villiers

In a surprising turn of events, Shubman Gill has been named the new captain of the Gujarat Titans for the upcoming IPL 2024 season. This significant responsibility was handed to Gill after the departure of Hardik Pandya, who was traded to the Mumbai Indians. However, the decision has raised eyebrows, especially with former South African captain AB de Villiers expressing his reservations.

Leadership Shift: Shubman Gill Takes the Helm

Gill, known for his promising batting talent, will now lead the Gujarat Titans in the IPL, a role that comes with immense expectations. The 22-year-old cricketer has showcased his skills with the bat in various formats, and the franchise seems eager to see him in a leadership role.

AB de Villiers’ Perspective: Kane Williamson Overlooked

AB de Villiers, a seasoned campaigner in T20 cricket, expressed his thoughts on the captaincy decision. The former South African captain suggested that Kane Williamson, whose name appeared on the retention list, could have been a more experienced choice to lead the Gujarat Titans. De Villiers emphasized the importance of gaining experience before taking on the responsibility of captaincy and proposed that Gill should have been the understudy to Williamson.

“In my view, when I saw Kane Williamson’s name on the retention list, I thought he should have led GT for at least one season, with Gill as his understudy. I am not saying Gill is a bad choice, but you need to gain experience before taking up such a significant responsibility,” stated de Villiers.

Hardik Pandya’s Departure: A Shift in Dynamics

The departure of Hardik Pandya, a key figure in the Gujarat Titans for the past two seasons, adds another layer of complexity to the team dynamics. AB de Villiers acknowledged the rightness of Pandya’s decision to move to Mumbai Indians, citing that players often know their destination. With Pandya’s departure, the Titans will now need to identify and harness skills from other players to maintain their competitive edge.

“Hardik has left for Mumbai, and I think it is the right decision as a player knows his destination. Gujarat will have to find out those skills from some other player,” commented de Villiers.

Hardik Pandya played a crucial role in the Titans’ successful campaign, securing the title in 2022 and reaching the final in 2023. His departure marks the end of an era for the Titans, posing challenges and opportunities for the upcoming season.

As Shubman Gill assumes the captaincy for the Gujarat Titans, the IPL 2024 season promises to unfold with a mix of anticipation and curiosity, especially with AB de Villiers questioning the leadership choices made by the franchise. The cricketing world will keenly observe how the young captain leads the Titans in the quest for IPL glory.