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Prithvi Shaw Is A Showstopper – Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)
Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)

Suryakumar Yadav has praised opening batsman, Prithvi Shaw, calling him a ‘showstopper’ and he even said that the right-handed young batsman has worked really hard on his fitness.

Avishka Fernando (76) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (65) smashed their respective fifties to ensure Sri Lanka did not lose the final ODI despite a late wobble. However, despite this loss, India won the series 2-1 and Suryakumar Yadav was adjudged as Player of the Series.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Suryakumar Yadav Calls Prithvi Shaw Showstopper And Wants Him To Retain The Tag Adding He Has Worked Hard On His Fitness

After a memorable T20I debut, versus England early this year, Suryakumar Yadav has once again proved his potential in the ongoing India tour of Sri Lanka. In the three ODIs, he returned with scores of unbeaten 31, 53, and 40 to be adjudged the Player-of-the-Series for his consistency. Apart from Suryakumar Yadav, another player who made a mark in the three ODIs with the bat in hand was Prithvi Shaw.

“I only have one word for Prithvi Shaw, I call him showstopper. Whenever he bats, everyone’s eyes are on him. I want him to remain the same, he is batting really well and his attitude is pretty nice as well. He has worked really hard on his fitness and it is very good to see him doing so well,” said Suryakumar during a virtual post-match press conference.

Prithvi Shaw (Photo/ ICC Twitter)
Prithvi Shaw (Photo/ ICC Twitter)

The Indian opener Prithvi Shaw has made the most of his form, since being dropped following the first Test in the Australia tour, and was in blazing touch versus the Lankans. His 24-ball 43 in the series-opening ODI and a run-a-ball 49 in the third and final ODI were a treat to watch for all. While Prithvi Shaw didn’t get to score a hundred in the ODIs, he played some cracking shots to win everyone’s hearts till the time he was out in the middle.

Suryakumar Yadav Disappointed With Not Carrying On And Play Till The End In The 2nd And 3rd ODIs

Suryakumar Yadav has admitted that his fortunes have taken a turn for the good ever since he started representing Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL.

When asked about his performance and the road ahead for him, Suryakumar said: “Obviously, everyone dreams of playing for India. It has taken a lot of effort, grind, and patience to achieve this feat. It has been worth the wait and I am really happy about it. From here on, how I build on is in my hands. I am really excited about what lies ahead.”

“I am disappointed with not carrying on, I got a good start in the first game, and in the second game, it was a perfect opportunity to win a game for the team. I got out then and I was disappointed to not play till the end. In the third ODI, I was also not able to play till the end, but that is how we learn and move forward.”

“I have always been batting the same way like I am batting right now. When I came to Mumbai Indians in 2018, it started to change for me. I got to know my responsibilities and how I can take it one step ahead and that is when I started practicing more.”

“I am really happy with the way things are going. I have been a Mumbai boy, when you grow up there, the wickets you play on, are challenging. I will be doing the same thing and keep things simple and follow my routines. I just want to keep it simple,” he added.

When asked why Manish Pandey was persisted with, in the final ODI, Suryakumar Yadav said: “That was completely team management’s decision, I did not get involved in that. Manish Pandey has been batting really well as we saw in the practice games.

“We played intra-squad matches as well. In the last game, he was batting really well, but he got dismissed in an unfortunate way. This is not my call so I really do not know about it.”

In the three ODIs, Manish Pandey scored 26, 37, and 11 runs respectively. India was all out for 225, with Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson scoring 49 and 46 runs respectively and Sri Lanka chased down the target in the 39th over after the match was reduced to 47 overs per side due to rain.

Opting to bat first, India got off to a bad start as the side lost skipper Shikhar Dhawan in the third over. Prithvi Shaw then stitched a 74-run stand for the second wicket with Sanju Samson.

Sanju Samson (File photo)
Sanju Samson (File photo)

The opening batsman fell just one run short of what would have been his maiden ODI fifty in the 16th over. Sanju Samson also departed a few overs later after scoring 46 before rain halted the play. After the game resumed, India suffered a collapse as the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were finally folded for 225/10.

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