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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Prithvi's day out ... hitting 6 fours and a fastest 50 !

Perhaps he was not aware of the records ! ~  would one day claim that he never played for records too – the fastest 50 in IPL by KL Rahul on 8th Aor 2018 was not to be troubled as also by Yusuf Pathan off just 15 balls in May 2014 & Sunil Naraine (15 balls 50) in May 2017 but on 48 off mere 15 balls, he could have equalled Suresh Raina’s 16 ball 50 in 2014 – but let go a bouncer – then off Varun Chakravarthi played it to cover for a single and .. .. after 7 overs had to wait for strategic over break !  .. ..  he clipped Pat Cummins to leg and the whole team gave a standing ovation - great innings by Prithvi Shaw – a 50 off mere 18 balls  from a man whom many criticized not fit for One dayers leave alone for T20. ! – what a transformation and what an innings today against KKR.  Fastest 50 thus far in this edition of IPL 2021.

In the 2nd over the innings – he hit 6 successive fours of Shivam Mavi with first ball being a wide ! 

At Rajkot on Jan 1-5, 2017 – Tamil Nadu played Mumbai in a Ranji semi-finals and lost.  The player of the match was debutant Prithvi Shaw who scored a century in 2nd innings.  On Oct 4, 2018 -  at the same Rajkot, against not-so mighty West Indies teen-age sensation, Prithvi Shaw marked his Test debut with a commanding 99-ball hundred - the third fastest (in terms of balls) on debut. Shaw also became the youngest Indian - and fourth overall - to hit a century on debut. He smashed more records against  a depleted West Indies attack.

Many know him as Indian U19 title winning Captain.  India has  participated in 10 U19 World Cups since 1998 and won the title four times and finished runners-up twice.  In the inaugural U19 World Cup in Australia in 1998, Amit  Pagnis was the captain of the team. In 2nd Mohammad Kaif led and won the  maiden title.  Yuvraj Singh was named as the player of the tournament. In 2002, it was Parthiv Patel; in 2004 it was dinesh Karthik. The left-handed middle-order batsman Ravikant Shukla  led India to their second final of an U19 World Cup. In 2008, it was the mercurial Virat Kohli and in 2010 – left-arm spinner, Ashok Menaria.  In the next two editions Unmukht Chand and Vijay Zol led India.  Under Ishan Kishan, the wicketkeeper from Jharkhand, India lost the finals to West Indies and Prithvi Shaw led India to another title triumph in Feb 2018 at Mount Maunganui.   

Remember that Pongal test at Chepauk 1980 – seeing him at the nets we were so excited – the smart Sandip Madhusudhan Patil did not make a big mark in that test. He was class, could hook and pull, hit 174 at Australia, played courageously after being hit on ear by Len Pascoe – he ended up his short career of 29 tests and 45 ODIs.  At Manchester in 1982,  At Manchester,  he hit Bob Willis for six fours (4440444, the third ball being a no ball) -  racing from 73 to 104 in nine balls. He was 129 not out when rain brought an early end to the match.

Years later at the Oval Chris Gayle hit Matthew Hoggard for 6 fours in a single over in 2004; Ramnaresh Sarwan hit Munaf Patel at St Kitts in 2006 and Sanath Jayasuriya hitting James Anderson for 6 fours in an over at Kandy in 2007.

Ajinkya Rahane who was briefly on the field today made mincemeat of Sreenath Arvind in 2012 in a match against Royal Challengers, Bangalore. .. .. and Tilakaratne Dilshan scored six fours off Mitchell Johnson in an One dayer in 2015.

The way Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are chasing 154 – it seemed Delhi Capitals would win with ridiculous ease, even as DK is instructing Varun Chakravarthi in Tamil at 22.10 hrs now on 29.4.2021.

Prithvi Shaw looks unstoppable !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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