India and Mumbai swashbuckling opener Prithvi Shaw continued his red-hot form in the summit clash of the 2021 Vijay-Hazare Trophy as he became the first batsman in the history of the tournament to rack up in excess of 800 runs.
Shaw has been on a redemption spree in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in which he has proceeded to break numerous records after a difficult 2020 that saw him struggle in the Indian Premier League and then in the pink-ball Test in Australia, post which he was eventually dropped.
Prithvi smashed a whirlwind 39-ball 73- an innings which included ten fours and four sixes- during Mumbai’s run-chase of 313 against Uttar Pradesh in the final. He was eventually dismissed after a top-edged Shivam Mavi bouncer straight to backward square-leg.
The right-handed pocket-sized dynamo missed out on what would have been his 5th hundred of the season and his third consecutive one. Shaw’s previous tons include 105* (89) against Delhi, 227 (152) against Puducherry, 185* (123) against Saurashtra and 165 (122) against Karnataka.
Last week, he had smashed an unbeaten 123-ball 185 in the Quarter-finals against Saurashtra- the highest total by an Indian in a List-A run-chase- before following it up with another brutal 122-ball 165 in the semi-final against Karnataka. During his 165, Prithvi Shaw also broke Mayank Agarwal’s record for most runs in a single season.
Prithvi Shaw in Vijay Hazare 2021:
185*(123) in Quarter-Final
165(122) in Semi-Final
73(39) in Final
827 runs from 8 matches innings including 1 double hundred, 3 hundreds and 1 fifty. What an incredible season for Mumbai Captain. pic.twitter.com/9CnMVNOCYW
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 14, 2021
The Mumbai captain has eventually the Vijay Hazare 2021 season with 827 runs in eight games at an average of 165.40 and a strike-rate of 138.29 with four hundred and a double-hundred.
Meanwhile, Mumbai, at the time of writing, were 2-211 in 29.2 overs in the run-chase of 313 with Aditya Tare (63*) and Shams Mulani (36*). If they do manage to hunt the total down, then Mumbai will register its 4th Vijay-Hazare title.