Gill previously played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
“The players who do well in the IPL will have a great chance to make it to the T20 World Cup. I am also looking forward to it. If I do well in this IPL, then even I will have a chance to get selected for the (T20) World Cup and if I am able to do that, then I will be very happy,” Gill told ANI.
The talented batter has played 58 matches in the Indian Premier League since making his debut in this league in 2018, and this season he believes any team can win the title.
“Definitely, all the ten teams have a chance. We have as much a chance to win the IPL as any other team, or I think we would take the IPL by storm because we have all the boxes ticked this year. Our team has proper batters, fast bowlers, genuine all-rounders … It all boils down to how well we play on the field,” Gill added.
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After playing in the IPL under the leadership of Dinesh Karthik and 2019 ICC World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, the lad from Punjab will be playing under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, who is leading an IPL side for the first time.
“Definitely, when you think of Hardik as a captain, the first image which comes in your mind is as a player I have the freedom to express myself on the field and there is nothing more that you can ask from a captain.
“If you have the freedom to express yourself the way that you want to play your game, if you have that freedom on the field, if your captain allows you to do that, there is nothing more you can ask from a captain,” Gill said.
The Gujarat Titans have a strong coaching staff with former India cricketer Ashish Nehra as head coach and Gary Kirsten as their batting coach.
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“Both of them, Gary Kirsten and Ashu Bhai (Nehra) are someone who are so vastly experienced in terms of cricket that they have played and obviously as we had Gary Kirsten as coach when we won the World Cup in 2011.
“There will be a lot to learn from Gary because he is someone who knows the Indian culture. He knows how Indians play. He knows the mindset of Indian player and the Indians. For any foreign coaches, when they come to IPL, they take some time to learn the Indian culture; but with Gary Kirsten, he has already spent so much time with Indian cricket, and I think that will really be beneficial for us,” he added.
Gujarat Titans will open their campaign against another IPL debutant Lucknow Super Giants on March 28 where the fans will see Hardik and KL Rahul leading their respective franchises.
“Both the teams are new and we both are playing our first match. It will be a very exciting match as we all know that KL and Hardik are very good friends off the field. To see that friendly rivalry going in the match would be something that everyone is really excited and looking forward to,” told Gill.
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IPL 2022 will see a tweak in format as 10 teams will be divided into groups of five where Gujarat Titans are placed in Group B where they will play Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Group A side Lucknow twice while they will play Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata and Delhi Capitals only once.
“There are two new teams and the matches are also more. We are playing some teams only once and the rest of the teams we are playing twice. So obviously it is different. I think for viewers also this year is going to be interesting and different,” said Gill.
Gill was India’s star performer in the ICC Under-19 World Cuip 2018 and after that he has excelled in the IPL and has also gone on to represent the Indian team, playing three ODIs and 10 Tests so far.
“I think the journey has been no less than a fairytale for me till now and hopefully this journey I will be able to take forward with the help of my team Gujarat Titans,” Gill concluded.