Prithvi Shaw responds to Mohammed Siraj’s sledging attempt with the bat
Shaw hit yet another half century in List A cricket and continued his rich run of form this season.
Updated - Oct 17, 2018 7:26 pm
In the 8th over of the 1st semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw was up against Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj. Two exciting young prospects in Indian cricket had the responsibility of ensuring their team had the initial edge in the contest. In the run-chase, Shaw attempted to hit a short delivery from Siraj over the wicketkeeper’s head, failed to do make any connection and the bowler had a word or two for him.
Shaw, a Mumbai cricketer didn’t just take it and sent him back to his bowling mark replying with a smile. Siraj had more than one reasons to be furious as the opener had already been dropped twice off his bowling and he was really turning the heat on. While the Mumbai team had 50 runs on the board at the start of the 9th over Shaw had contributed 37 of those.
The right-hander maintained his calm after the exchange of words and responded in the best possible manner. He hit the fourth ball of the over through the same region for a six. It was a bouncer, he jumped onto his toes and just glided the ball over the ropes.
Siraj wasn’t done yet and bowled another short of length delivery into his body this time. The 18-year-old with his experience was already expecting the fast bowler to do something of that sort and played this one over the fine-leg fielder for another maximum. He was in a control of the shot and got six runs on a rather difficult one to put away.
With this six Shaw also got to his fifty and maintained his streak of scoring at least a half century in each of the four VHT matches he has played this season. Siraj couldn’t make a comeback in that over and bowled a half-volley on the last delivery. It was easy pickings for Shaw and he put it away on the on-side for another boundary.
Here is the video of the three balls:
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