After getting dropped during Australia tour, I worked hard on myself: Shaw

India’s young cricketer Prithvi Shaw made a bold statement during the match against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Chasing the target of 189 set by CSK, Shaw joined Shikhar Dhawan and took the attack to the cleaners.

After getting dropped during Australia tour, I worked hard on myself: Shaw

The duo mounted pressure on the CSK bowlers from the word go and didn’t let them provide any opportunity. The opening pair stitched together a 138-run partnership, in what changed the course of the game.

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Shaw struck the balls with brute force while also timed the balls to perfection. The 21-year-old scored 72 off just 38 balls. The youngster struck a flurry of 9 boundaries and 3 hits over the fence at an incredible strike rate of 189.47.

Delhi Capitals aced the run-chase in 18.4 overs and won the game by 7 wickets to register a third consecutive win over CSK. In the last season, DC got the better of CSK in the first and second leg.

At the post-match presentation, Shaw said he worked extremely hard with coach Pravin Amre after getting dropped during the Australia tour. His hard work paid rich dividends as he scored a scintillating knock.

Shaw was dropped from the Indian team after he chipped in with low scores of 0 and 4 in the first Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy series against Australia. However, he made a tremendous comeback in the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament where he accumulated over 800 runs, thus became the first cricketer to achieve the fact.

“Feeling good. Everyone contributed and it was a good start (to the season). The wicket was good to bat on in the second innings and we executed quite well. From Australia when I was dropped I was working from there itself, coming back and across early, so I practised before going to Vijay Hazare with Pravin Amre and worked on that.

I had a good plan before going into that tournament, so it is working quite well. I don’t want to think about it (being dropped from the Indian side) because it was a disappointing moment for me but I have to move on and if something is wrong with my batting or technique, I have to improve and I am working hard on myself,” the 21-year-old added.

Shikhar Dhawan heaped praise on his teammate Shaw for his exceptional batting. “Prithvi was batting really well. He carried on with his form from Vijay Hazare. It is tremendous to watch Prithvi. He played some effortless shots. So good and so happy for him as he didn’t have a good IPL last time around,” Dhawan added.

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