Prithvi Shaw was at his explosive best against Sri Lanka upon his return to ODI cricket. Shaw was named “Man of the Match” for his 24 43 balls despite Shikhar Dhawan and Ishan Kishan scoring 85 and 59 respectively. Shaw allowed India to steal, their highest power play score since 2013. However, l opener lost his wicket after dealing a serious blow to his helmet.
During the post-game presentation, Shaw said he was “fine” despite the pain, but admitted that the bad blow to the helmet had an impact on his concentration. “I was disappointed with the shot when I got out. I lost a bit of concentration after being hit in the head, ”said the 21-year-old.
Shaw scored nine limits during his short stint in the crease. The Mumbai opener said he trusted his instincts and was aiming for bulk deliveries. “Rahul sir didn’t say anything, I just went with my gut and waited for the loose bullets. I obviously wanted to keep the dashboard running and yes. The location was very nice. The first heats were also good, but I think it got better in the second heats, ”he said.
It was Sri Lankan playmaker Dushmantha Chameera’s ugly bouncer in fifth grade who ripped the neck protector off Shaw’s helmet. On the next ball he faced in the suite, he came out towards Silva’s spinner Dhananjaya trying to get the ball over the defensive players inside the circle.
The first ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo turned out to be a one-sided affair as India chased the modest total with seven wickets in hand and 80 balls to spare. India will play the next ODI at the same location on July 20.