The talent of meeting performance is the best thing that can happen to any athlete.
Let’s set the context before we dive into the carnage that took place from the willow tree of a man called Prithvi Shaw at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 29, 2021. On that day, the Kolkata Knight Riders team beat the Delhi Capitals first and posted a decent 154/6 on the board.
This meant that the Delhi Capitals had to score at a rate of less than 8 points by more to win the game. And, out the forerunners, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. But then, at the end of the 1st on the Delhi heats, the Kolkata Knight Riders side seemed distraught. Their shoulders started to sag and they never recovered after the 1st, as the Delhi Capitals galloped to a comfortable victory, winning the game with 7 wickets to lose.
So what happened on the 1st above? How did the Kolkata team lose the intrigue after just 6 legal deliveries in the Delhi Capitals’ innings? Well, in the first over the Delhi innings which was played by Shivam Mavi, Prithvi Shaw crushed the KKR stimulator for 6 fours. All 6 four were pure cricket hits. The goal was to time the ball and break the gap. He showed the ability of this little stick prodigy, at only 21 years old.
And, in an attack that spanned 41 deliveries, Shaw made his way all the way to 82, as KKR skipper Eoin Morgan was completely stumped, unsure of what to do.
Prithvi Shaw’s Glittering Race with the Willow in IPL 2021
In the 2021 edition of the IPL, Shaw dominated the opposition. He imposed his will on the bowlers from the start and played with a positive mindset throughout the 14th edition of the IPL. In the table below, let’s take a look at how Shaw performed during the 2021 IPL season.
From the table above, we can see that Prithvi Shaw only recorded two single-digit scores in the 2021 IPL season. He totaled 308 points in 8 rounds in the 2021 edition of the ‘IPL and scored his points with an average of 38.50 and a strike rate of 166.49.
Another thing we can observe is that every time Shaw broke the 30 point mark, he scored his points at a hit rate over 135. And, Shaw hit his highest hit rate of the season. when he has spent the maximum. time to fold (41 deliveries). The opening batsman not only scored steadily, but he also scored points at a pace that created a sense of panic on the opposing side. And it goes without saying that Shaw played a vital role in the Delhi (DC) Capitals squad taking first place in the IPL points table at the time of the suspension.
Prithvi Shaw’s magical run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy
Even before his IPL exploits, Prithvi Shaw had turned many heads in his direction with the numbers he had racked up from the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the table below, let’s take a look at Shaw’s performance with the Willow in the Vijay Hazare tournament.
Prithvi Shaw moved to a whole new level with the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He played with bowlers and plundered lanes for fun. In 8 innings, he scored 827 points and scored them at an average of 165.40 and a strike rate of 138.29. In addition, in the 8 rounds he played, the little batting prodigy also scored 4 hundred and fifty.
The difficulties of Prithvi Shaw in the Indian jersey in 2020
But then, life wasn’t a bed of roses for Shaw, and he went through a lot of hardships when it came to his batting form. In fact, in the day-night test against Australia in Adelaide last year, Shaw registered scores of 0 and 4 and was later dropped on the Indian side. In the table below, let’s take a look at how Prithvi Shaw performs in all game formats in 2020.
In 2020, Shaw was not part of the races. In test cricket he could only collect 102 points from 6 innings and an average of less than 20. Moreover, in the 6 innings he played in test cricket in 2020, he was sacked for a score of less than 20 to 5 times.
Even in ODI cricket, Shaw’s performances were ordinary. He averaged 28.00 in ODI format in the 3 innings he played, and was unable to convert his starts to big scores.
Will we see the resurgence of Prithvi Shaw?
But the way Shaw has rebounded dramatically by putting the 2020 setbacks behind him is a testament to the fighting spirit within him. Yes, there was no doubt about Shaw’s talent. But now he also has the tracks to support his talent. And the talent of meeting performance is the best thing that can happen to any athlete.
Shaw would certainly have turned the heads of the national selectors in his direction with his superb run with the bat. And, his recent scoring streak might have just resurrected his ramshackle career and once again cast his name in the national rankings. After all, if India’s head coach Ravi Shastri could call Shaw a mix of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Brian Lara, surely the kid must be special, right?