Delhi Capital opener Prithvi Shaw scored the fastest half-century of the Indian Premier League 2021 on Thursday, chasing a target of 155 against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 25th match of the tournament in Ahmedabad. He scored 82 runs in 41 balls and DC finished second in the points table with a comprehensive 7-wicket win.
Prithvi gave DC a great start in the Chase in the IPL 2021 match. He hit the headlines with six consecutive fours against Shivam Mavi in the opening over. Interestingly, he is only the second batsman in the history of the league after his compatriot Ajinkya Rahane to do so.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was very impressed with Prithvi’s power-packed performance. In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Sehwag admitted that even he thought about smashing all six balls when he opened the innings during his playing days, but Prithvi could never do it against KKR.
He said, hitting six fours on all six balls means playing every ball with the right margin, which is not easy. I have done openings in my career and thought of smashing all six balls many times. But I got a maximum of 18 or 20 runs. I could not hit six fours or six sixes. For this you have to be right on your time so that you can find those intervals.
Prithvi Shaw was the best with the bat. He did not look like he had come to play a cricket match. Or maybe he was confident of playing alongside Shivam Mavi in the U-19 team that he knew exactly where the bowler would bowl. I have batted many times in the nets, home matches against Ashish Nehra, but will not be able to hit six fours in an over. Salute to Prithvi Shaw for his brilliant innings.
Sehwag further said that Prithvi should have scored his century, he proceeded through a rough patch.
He said, ‘It would have been more exciting if he had scored a century. He has already gone through a difficult period. But now, when the runs were coming, he must have scored a century or remained unbeaten and finished the chase.