IPL 2019: Prithvi Shaw Calls Rishabh Pant as ‘Biggest Finisher’ in the T20 Cricket
An exciting opener Prithvi Shaw, who has given yet another start to Delhi Capitals (DC), has impressed one and all with his stroke-making in the IPL 2019. The opening batsman Shaw has hailed Rishabh Pant as the best finisher of the Twenty20 cricket in contemporary times. In a bid to chase the target of 194 against Rajasthan Royals (RR), Shaw had upped the ante before visitors won the game convincingly by six wickets.
Shaw himself stitched crucial 72-run partnership alongside seasoned campaigner Shikhar Dhawan for the first wicket at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday (April).
Shaw aimed to bat deep:
The duo gave a quick start to Capitals on a wicket which looked perfect for the batters.
Shaw has praised the efforts of bowlers for stemming the run flow at the fag end of Royals’ innings. The hosts were cruising when a couple of wickets had pushed them into a shell as they fell short of at least 20 runs.
The rising star added Jaipur stadium has big boundaries and they had to rely on big shots early on. However, the duo succeeded in that process to set a perfect platform for the middle-order batsmen.
“The way they started, it felt like the wicket was pretty good. Also, I felt we bowled really well between overs 13 and 20, otherwise Rajasthan looked like scoring 210-220 at one stage. And we were confident of chasing down 190 on this surface. The boundaries here were so huge that one of us had to take a chance in the Power Play, be it me or Dhawan,” Shaw revealed during a presser.
During a presser in Jaipur, Shaw stated Dhawan himself set the tempo early on, and he aimed to take the game as close as possible.
He reiterated the left-handed batsman Dhawan was hitting the ball well and his role was to play the ball according to the merit and going after every ball wouldn’t have made any sense.
“It makes sense if someone is going better than you in the Power Play like Shikhi (Shikhar Dhawan) bhai has done, I can’t just go out and smash every ball. I have to be mentally prepared as well to play that sort of innings. When Dhawan was hitting the way he was, I thought I should take the game deep because incase he got out, one set batsman should be there to take the game deep,” Shaw told reporters in Jaipur
However, Pant had played an audacious knock to hand guests a comfortable victory in the end.
The southpaw remained unbeaten on 78 off 36 deliveries. He struck six fours and fours sixes during his enterprising knock. Overall, he has shown maturity during his outstanding knock.
Besides, Dhawan scored quickfire 27-ball 54. His inning included eight fours and two sixes. Shaw faced 39 balls for 42 runs.
While shedding light about the plan of chasing the target, Shaw remarked they were prepared to tackle any of the situations. He added Dhawan had played well in the Powerplay overs and Jofra Archer would again bowling according to his strength.
“Definitely, there was a plan. We knew in the Power Play there will at least be one spinner bowling and Shikhar bhai was batting so well in the Power Play, he was in a good flow. Then Jofra Archer, we knew he depends more on short balls and bouncers, so we were prepared,” added Shaw.
Also, in the space of seven balls, skipper Shreyas Iyer returned to the pavilion after scoring five-ball four.
Aggressive yet sensible Pant goes beserk in Jaipur:
For the third wicket, Shaw alongside Pant forged 84-run partnership to take his team closer to a victory.
In this season, Pant had played a couple of rash shots. However, he has made amends to win the game for Capitals. He has accumulated 336 runs in 11 innings at an average of 37.33.
“And that’s what happened. He and Shreyas Iyer, both were dismissed in quick succession. But I was confident that if I took the game deep, I would be able to do the job. Rishabh, obviously is the biggest finisher of the game in T20 right now. I was just waiting for my chance and later on, I too switched gears,” he concluded.
Capitals top the IPL points table with 14 points in 11 matches. They’ve won seven games so far. The high-flying team will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the home game on April 28.
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