In yesterday’s match against Sri Lanka, India penned an incredible record of scoring the highest number of runs in the opening five overs in their ODI history. Prithvi Shaw led the charge with an extraordinary brand of cricket that saw him continuing his momentum from where he left it in the halted IPL.
He penned a 24-ball-43 to inflict a resounding hammering over India’s continental neighbours. He was neat in his stroke-playing and showed some captivating control in choosing the wrong deliveries to be punished. Once he was removed, debutant and birthday boy, Ishan Kishan took the centre-stage and ravaged a modest Lankan bowling attack.
India managed to garner 57 runs in the opening five overs of their innings and the early tempest set the stage for India’s imminent showdown. Virender Sehwag posted a status that witnessed Sehwag and Sachin being in the same frame and captioning it about the bygone era of their unrivalled dominance and aggression.
Of course, there were a lot of comments about Sehwag’s comments on his heydays but the man who dug deep and won everyone’s hearts was Shaw again. He posted a remark quoting that he has learned it from the Indian virtuosos. He paid a lot of deference to Sehwag as the latter was India’s destructor-in-chief on his heydays.
This series will be extremely crucial for Shaw as the IPL and the World T20 is almost knocking on our door.
One end of India’s opening fair will be rooted in Rohit Sharma while the man at the other end can either be KL Rahul or Prithvi Shaw. There will be another name doing rounds and that is of Devdutt Padikkal who has shown a steady rate of consistency in IPL.
Shaw was at the receiving end of severe flak after he failed to perform in Australia with pundits claiming that his techniques are absolutely abysmal and he should be axed.
However, he has shown extraordinary dedication to stage a brilliant turnaround and will be taking a lot of inspiration from last night’s game.