Virender Sehwag came out with a cryptic tweet on Prtihvi Shaw after the young Mumbai cricketer roared back to form with a majestic 72 runs against Chennai Superkings in the tournament opener. Sehwag posted a picture of himself, and the two legendary batsman alongside him: Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.
This was in a reference to the recent instances where former cricketers have regularly compared Shaw to Sehwag, Tendulkar and Lara. Ravi Shastri even went onto say that there is a ‘bit of Sehwag, Tendulkar and Lara’ in Shaw. Meanwhile Shaw’s stunning assault of 72 off just 38 balls laced with some outrageous shots and heavenly timing took MS Dhoni and his bowlers by surprise, along with Shikhar Dhawan’s equally devastating 85 off just 54 balls. The duo’s partnership of 138 13.3 overs helped new Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant register his first win as captain against the veteran MS Dhoni. But, the talk of the town was Shaw and especially his transformation after being dropped owing to poor form in the middle of the Australia tour last December.
He went back to the drawing board and with the help of Pravin Amre, DCs batting coach regained his form and blazed his way through India’s domestic season. 827 runs from 8 innings at an average of 165.40, with a strike rate of 138.29. One half-century, four centuries with one of them being a double century. These were Prithvi Shaw’s incredible numbers in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, which played a massive role in Mumbai winning the trophy.
As for the match, Blazing half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw helped Delhi Capitals make light work of a 189-run chase against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021 match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
A half century from Suresh Raina (54 off 36) and quick knocks from Sam Curran (34 off 15) and Moeen Ali (36 off 24) had powered CSK to 188 for 7 in 20 overs. Avesh Khan (2 for 23 in 4 overs) and Chris Woakes (2 for 18 in 3 overs) were terrific for DC in a high scoring game.Shaw then slammed 72 off 38 while Dhawan made 85 off 54 as DC raced home in 18.4 overs.