Prithvi Shaw’s experience of playing alongside Shivam Mavi had helped him dispatch the pacer’s first over for six fours, the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) opener revealed after his team’s seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Thursday.
Shaw’s scored a blistering 82 off just 41 deliveries as DC chased down a target of 155 with 21 balls to spare at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. "I wasn't thinking anything, to be honest. I was just waiting for the loose balls. I knew where Shivam will bowl, we've played (in age-group) together for four-five years," Shaw said at the post-match presentation.
"The first four-five balls he bowled were half-volleys, so I was prepared for the short ball but he didn't bowl."
Speaking about his approach Shaw said, "On this wicket especially when the spinner is bowling it wasn't coming very nicely onto the bat. It was stopping a little. "So, I was waiting for them to bowl at me on off stump or outside so I can free my hands.”
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant said it was important to keep the youngsters in the team motivated. "I was only telling him (Shaw) to play the normal game. In this kind of match, we can afford to think of run-rate. The only thing we talk with youngsters is to just enjoy cricket, do your best," Pant said.
Pant, who is on his first captaincy stint in the IPL, said he is enjoying the responsibilities. "Last match we only lost by one run, so as a team we talk about we don't have to change anything. Definitely enjoying captaincy."
KKR skipper Eoin Morgan admitted that his team were second best across all departments and hoped they can execute their game plans better. "Shaw played brilliantly, nothing much we could do. Also shows how good the surface was. We weren't good enough with all departments," Morgan said.
"Cummins is part of our new ball plans. Mavi bowled four on the trot last game and bowled well. Just didn't go to plan today.
"Hopefully we can turn things around. There is a huge amount of talent in our squad but talent alone doesn't get you far. It's about execution."