India vs New Zealand 2017: Prithvi Shaw Has A Promising Career Ahead Of Him: Trent Boult
With teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw giving yet another account of his immense potential with a matured fifty in the warm-up game against New Zealand on Tuesday (October 17), fast-bowler Trent Boult could not stop himself from expressing his surprise over the way the 17-year old played.
“I heard he was 17, I couldn’t quite believe it. He played very nicely. The ball swung around nicely at the start, and it didn’t seem to trouble him. He has a promising career ahead of him, if all things go well. But very impressed from the first look,” said Boult.
Shaw scored 66 off 80 with the help of 9 fours, and a six as the Board President’s XI posted 295 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs despite Boult taking 5 for 38. In reply, the Black Caps were all out for 265 in the 48th over.
But despite the loss, Boult, while admitting that the loss was disappointing, said the players were happy to re-familiarize with the conditions.
“It’s satisfying to re-familiarise ourselves with the conditions here. It was very hot this afternoon, but it’s disappointing to not come away with a win,” he said.
“It’s tough. It’s just what is expected in this part of the world. It’s about 7-8 degrees in NZ at the moment, so it’s a bit of a shock to the system to come here; 9.30 start and to play throughout the heat was a challenge. But we were outplayed by a quality Indian side,” he added.
The left-arm seamer further credited Prithvi and KL Rahul (68) for setting up a strong platform for the home side.
“They negated it (swing) very nicely, played a few shots. A lot of the credit goes to their openers for getting the platform for the rest. They put a very challenging total of the board,” said Boult.
Boult further said it is a big challenge for his side to upset the world number one side in their backyard and also insisted that the room of errors is very small when one plays in India.
“It’s always a good challenge coming to this part of the world. The Australians have come here and dealt with what they have (lost ODIs 4-1 and drew T20s 1-1). It’s a big challenge for us to step up and hopefully upset a side that’s in very, very good form,” he said.
“You need to be accurate, the room for error is very small here. The batsmen are very talented, they like to hit boundaries, and they’re able to hit boundaries of your best balls. So, the accuracy has to be there, the fitness has to be there to keep delivering,” added the Kiwi pace spearhead.
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