Indian opening batsman Prithvi Shaw played a whirlwind knock of 72 from 38 deliveries in Delhi Capitals’ IPL 2021 season opener to bulldoze Chennai Super Kings’ first-innings score of 188. Prithvi Shaw’s opening partnership of 138 with Shikhar Dhawan laid the foundation for a commanding seven-wicket win. The right-handed batsman, who endured a forgettable tour of Australia, revealed he made some tweaks to his technique following that.
Prithvi Shaw endured an awful run in Australia as his feeble technique was brutally exposed by Australia’s pace bowlers. But the youngster quickly bounced back by topping the run-scoring charts in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, hammering over 800 runs and averaging more than 150 in the process. Shaw starting well in IPL also bodes well for his chances of comeback into the national side.
Prithvi Shaw conceded that he felt happy with the way he batted and it was brilliant to see everyone contributing alongside their plans coming together. Shaw thought that the opening partnership was vital and a team needs to start strongly when chasing nearly 190. Simultaneously, the 21-year old rated his innings at eight out of ten since he wanted to stay till the end to finish the match.
“Very happy with the way I batted. Everyone executed whatever we practiced in the last few days. It was brilliant to see everyone contributing to the team. The opening stand which we got was very crucial for us. Chasing 190 odd is not easy without a good start. It was a great win for us; however, I should have stayed in the middle till the end. So, if I have to rate my innings out of 10, I will give an 8 to myself,” Shaw said as quoted by ANI.
I just wanted to minimise all the mistakes I was making: Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw further disclosed making a few changes to his technique before the IPL and wanting to minimise all his mistakes. Having worked for two weeks with the Strength and Conditioning Coach Rajnikanth Sivagnanam and Pravin Amre in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he played his natural game for the Delhi Capitals.
“I made some small changes in my batting before the IPL. I just wanted to minimise all the mistakes I was making and I worked hard. I practiced for two weeks with Strength and Conditioning Coach Rajnikanth Sivagnanam sir and Pravin Amre sir before the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Then I just played my natural game with a few changes in the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” he added.