IPL 2021: ‘Hitting six boundaries in an over is not easy’ – Virender Sehwag hails DC opener Prithvi Shaw

I’ve also opened in my career and thought of getting boundaries of every delivery but sometimes I got 18 or 20 runs: Virender Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag and Prithvi Shaw
Virender Sehwag and Prithvi Shaw

Delhi Capitals (DC) opening batsman Prithvi Shaw continued with his outstanding form at the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 21-year old smashed 82 runs off just 41 deliveries against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to clinch the game for his side. 

The youngster smashed six consecutive boundaries off Shivam Mavi during the inaugural over of DC innings. Meanwhile, he also became the second batsman after teammate Ajinkya Rahane to achieve this record.

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also leapt praises for the Mumbai-born batsman after the match. He said that smashing six boundaries in an over is not easy as the batsman has to find the gaps perfectly. 

“Hitting six boundaries in an over means you have to find the gaps perfectly,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz. “It is not easy. I’ve also opened in my career and thought of getting boundaries of every delivery but sometimes I got 18 or 20 runs. I never hit six boundaries. To do that you need to be perfect with your gaps and timing.”

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He continued: “It didn’t look as if he (Shaw) has come to play a cricket match. Could be that he was confident having played with Shivam Mavi in the U-19 team before and knew where the bowler is going to bowl exactly. But how much could he have guessed?”

Sehwag wanted Shaw to score a century

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw

The former Delhi cricketer mentioned that Prithvi Shaw should have scored a ton as he is coming from a poor patch of form. He added that the young lad should not get out to a bad shot and try adding as many runs as possible.

“I have also batted against Ashish Nehra so many times in nets, domestic games but was never able to hit him for six boundaries in one over. Hats off to Shaw.

“It would have been better had Shaw scored a hundred. He has seen bad times. So when it’s going great, he should score a century or remain unbeaten and take your team over the line. Don’t get out hitting a bad shot. Add as many runs as possible” Sehwag said.

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