India U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw currently plays for the Delhi Daredevils in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League. So far, he has played four games and has already made an impact. Shaw has a charismatic and unflinching style of play and it has worked wonders for Delhi. The Maharashtra lad has scored 140 runs at an average of 35 and has made himself a valued member in the playing eleven.
The Daredevils emerged triumphant in last game against the Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. Shaw’s knock of 47 runs off 25 balls, which included four massive sixes into the stands, ensured an easy win. Unfortunately, he missed out on his second half-century. His first fifty was against the Kolkata Knight Riders, also at the Kotla.
The Daredevils’ top order had been struggling up until this point. But then, Shaw’s eye-catching performances came as a massive boost for the franchise. Shaw has even attracted plenty of admirers, among them, former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh. The 52-year old was highly impressed by Shaw’s technique. In fact, he even drew a comparison with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
“The first thing you notice is his technique, it’s very similar to Sachin Tendulkar’s. His grip, his stance, he stays very still at the crease and plays all his shots around the wicket. He plays the ball quite late and is quite punchy in his stroke play and has an excellent base to play any shot from any bowler. He’s just so much like Sachin Tendulkar,” Mark Waugh said.
But Delhi cannot afford to rest on their laurels. Their victory against Ajinkya Rahane’s men serves as nothing but a mere confidence booster. They still have a number of hurdles to clear before a playoff booth beckons. Iyer and the boys will have to face the Sunrisers Hyderabad on the latter’s home turf at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.