Prithvi Shaw hit his maiden IPL hundred as Delhi Capitals destroyed Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla. He had debuted in the IPL for Delhi last year and finished with 245 runs and 2 fifties from 9 matches. DC vs KKR REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS
Later in 2018, Prithvi Shaw made a hundred on Test debut against the West Indies and was India’s first choice opener for the tour of Australia. But a freak injury ruled him out of the four-Test series which India won 2-1 thanks to heroics from the pacers, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant.
On Saturday, Shaw was under pressure because he had to make a statement. He had made 7 against Mumbai Indians and 24 against Chennai Super Kings in DC’s first two matches this season.
Chasing a steep target against KKR, the onus was on Delhi’s openers to set the tone. Shikhar Dhawan fell early to Piyush Chawla but Shaw, 19 years, remained undeterred and played some breathtaking shots. Sourav Ganguly, the DC team advisor, watched from the team dug out and clearly liked what he saw.
As Prithvi Shaw reached the 90s, it would have taken KKR to do something special to deny him a hundred and Delhi Capitals victory. But Shaw skied a delivery from Lockie Ferguson and was caught brilliantly by Dinesh Karthik.
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When Shaw walked off to a standing ovation, Delhi Capitals needed only 12 off 9 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Yet, somehow DC faltered and KKR took the game to the Super Over.
It took an excellent over from Kagiso Rabada to help DC clinch a Super Over win and all was well for Delhi as the game spilled over to Sunday.
Shaw was named man-of-the-match but he said he was gutted because he could not get his team home in the chase.
“I thought I missed the opportunity to finish the game. Rather than scoring one run, I was looking to hit it big because I didn’t want the game to get this close,” Shaw said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “But the boys finished it off really well in the Super Over.”
Shaw said he spoke to the star-studded support staff in the Delhi Capitals change rooms and realised where he was going wrong.
“I spoke to my support-staff, Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly, Praveen Amre and I figured out that I was going a little too hard early,” he said.
Prithvi Shaw said he was now determined to maintain the same intensity for the rest of the tournament.