Indian opener Prithvi Shaw stole the limelight in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. He got India off to a flying start, chasing 263 in the second innings. Shaw scored a fiery 24-balls 43 runs knock, setting the solid platform for the rest of the batting line-up. While some fans and pundits were disappointed with Shaw not converting his score, Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar thinks otherwise.
Speaking to Sony sports, Sanjay Manjrekar said that people should not put pressure on young Prithvi Shaw to get a Hundred.
“I hope we don’t, typically like we do in India, put pressure on a young player, saying he has got to get a hundred. That 40-plus he got today put India in a winning position after that; India wasn’t going to lose even if they tried.”
“I am happy with him getting 40s and 50s at the strike rate, provided there is enough batting after that. And it seemed like he wasn’t looking to play that way, but it was just happening. Ishan Kishan played a little differently, bordering on being frenetic.” Manjrekar added.
Four after four after four!
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Prithvi Shaw will start getting big scores soon: Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar also stated that Prithvi Shaw will sooner or later start scoring Hundreds, but what matters is Winning. He said:
“Eventually, he will start getting the big scores, but I don’t think the pressure should be put on him straight away that he has got to convert his starts into hundreds. Getting a hundred in ODI cricket, if you’re a good player batting at the top, you get hundreds. But winning is important.”
After winning the first match, India is leading the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka 1-0. The second ODI will take place on July 20, at the R. Premadasa Stadium.