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Prithvi Shaw’s ‘natural game’ helped him score 154 in Duleep Trophy final

Prithvi Shaw scored a brilliant 154 on Day 1 of the Duleep Trophy final in Lucknow on Monday.

cricket Updated: Sep 25, 2017 23:21 IST
Sharad Deep
Sharad Deep
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Prithvi Shaw,Duleep Trophy final,Ranji Trophy
Prithvi Shaw hit a century on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy final on Monday.(HT Photo)

After scoring a hundred in his Ranji Trophy debut in January, it was another great day of cricket for young Prithvi Shaw, who believes in an attacking style of play.

His style made him the toast of all eyes on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy final in Lucknow on Monday.

Mumbiakar Shaw, who would be cutting his 18th birthday cake next month, said that he just played his natural game for India Red against India Green.

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“I just wanted to play my natural attacking game. I didn’t change my plan, stroking the ball whenever there was an opportunity. I was told by skipper Dinesh Karthik from the other end to play my natural game and I stuck to that,” Shaw, who scored 154, told Hindustan Times.

By becoming the second youngest player to score a century on debut in Duleep Trophy after Sachin Tendulkar, right-handed opener Shaw admitted that he kept waiting for the loose deliveries.

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“The ball was turning and I had to reach out for some of my strokes, but I enjoyed my outing. There was no pressure on me to execute a certain plan for the side,” said Shaw.

Playing just his first match with the pink ball and that too under lights, Shaw said that there was a lot difference between batting under sunlight and floodlights.

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“Colour of the ball became darker under the lights and I had to adjust my shots, but there was no sighting problem.”

Admiring the red-clay turf here, Shaw said, “Barring a few deliveries which skid like anything, it was natural bounce and speed. I was committed to playing with a straight bat as DK (Dinesh Karthik) bhai told me not to play risky shots,” concluded Shaw.

First Published: Sep 25, 2017 23:21 IST