Shaw oozed class on Saturday as he took the attack to New Zealand’s new-ball bowlers in the 1st session of the 2nd Test in Christchurch.
Prithvi Shaw pulled, drove and left with complete authority as he brought up his maiden fifty overseas on a green top at the Hagley Oval after India were sent into bat by Kane Williamson who trumped Virat Kohli at the toss.
The signs were ominous for India as a slight drizzle caused a 45-minute delay before the toss. When the covers were removed, a green pitch with a thick cover of grass welcomed the 2 sides. And when Virat Kohli lost the toss, there were a few nerves, given how the visitors folded up in both the innings of the 1st Test.
However, Prithvi Shaw’s confident start should have settled the nerves in the dressing room. The young opener dominated the New Zealand attack with an array of eye-catching strokes.
Prithvi Shaw got to his fifty in just 61 balls and reached the milestone with a big six of Neil Wagner. Shaw though failed to get going as he perished while driving a wide delivery from Kyle Jamieson just before Lunch on Day 1.
However, Prithvi Shaw got a pat on his back from captain Virat Kohli as he walked back to the hut after a confident fifty that set the tone for India in the 2nd Test.
As it turns out, Prithvi Shaw has become the 2nd youngest Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit a fifty in Tests in New Zealand