Prithvi Shaw Is Like Virender Sehwag In His Early Days: Graeme Swann

Prithvi Shaw Is Like Virender Sehwag In His Early Days: Graeme Swann

Prithvi Shaw, North Mumbai Panthers, T20 Mumbai League
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Google)

Prithvi Shaw was called ‘a miniature version of Virender Sehwag’ by England’s former off-spinner Graeme Swann who heaped praise on the youngster on the eve of the Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings match.

Prithvi Shaw though has been somewhat inconsistent with the bat amassing only 202 runs averaging 25.25 with 2 fifties in 8 matches. In 33 matches played so far by him in IPL, he has scored exactly 800 runs averaging 24.24 with 6 fifties beside his name.

Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Prithvi Shaw Bats Like A Miniature Version Of Virender Sehwag: Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann praised captain Shreyas Iyer for being an exceptional and talented skipper besides pointing out that coach Ricky Ponting who was generally serious was smiling which indicated that Delhi Capitals are a happy side as they are placed 2nd in the points table after Mumbai Indians with 12 points from 6 wins in 8 games.

“There are a couple of things. Shreyas Iyer is a very very good leader. Ricky Ponting, I saw him smile after a game which he never did when he played against England. So, I think they are a happy camp.”

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. Image Credits: Twitter

“Prithvi Shaw, as well. I love the way he bats, he is like a baby Sehwag, he is like a miniature version of Virender Sehwag, who was one of my favourite Indian players of all time.”

“I think all in all, they have got a very strong team and they are playing with a lot of confidence. I think they look like the team to beat at the moment,” Swann said.

Delhi Capitals face Chennai Super Kings on 17th October, a team they had beaten by 44 runs. Prithvi Shaw failed to score against Rajasthan Royals in Delhi Capitals previous match while scored only 4 against Mumbai Indians. Prithvi Shaw scored 42 against Bangalore, 66 against Kolkata and 64 against Chennai in the first half.

Delhi Capitals Though Plagued By Injury Concerns Has Leading Wicket Taker Kagiso Rabada In Their Ranks

The only concern for Delhi Capitals is injury problems as their veteran spinner Amit Mishra and veteran pacer Ishant Sharma were ruled out after suffering injuries and the replacements haven’t been named either.  Ravichandran Ashwin was injured too but recovered after missing some matches while dashing wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant has been advised rest for a week.

Kagiso Rabada, Shreyas Iyer
Kagiso Rabada, Shreyas Iyer

But pacer Kagiso Rabada’s form gives Delhi Capitals an added advantage as he leads the maximum wickets tally with 18 wickets in 8 matches averaging 13.39. Pacer Anrich Nortje too has 10 wickets in 8 matches averaging 23.5 and has probably bowled the fastest ball in IPL history.

In the batting front, skipper Shreyas Iyer leads from the front with 298 runs in 8 matches averaging 42.57 while opener Shikhar Dhawan has scored 258 runs averaging 36.86. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel also have exactly 7 wickets each and both averages 18.29.

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