Former India cricketer S Sreesanth has hailed young India batter Prithvi Shaw for his match-winning half-century against Punjab Kings. Shaw – who had a turbulent TATA IPL 2023 – got a chance after warming the benches for almost a month. The talented right-handed batter made a vital contribution with the bat in Dharamsala and team management must be hoping the Mumbaikar ends the season on a high.
Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, S Sreesanth said, “I am very happy with Prithvi Shaw for getting some runs against his name at the back end of the season. He punished the short-pitched deliveries from the new ball bowlers and will look to continue that against CSK as well.”
Sri Lankan pacer Matheesha Pathirana is another youngster who will be the centre of attraction in the game. The CSK fast bowler has done well so far for the Yellow Army and will play another important role in a must-win game for the side.
Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh reckons the young pacer has been utilised well by captain MS Dhoni and the bowling coach Dwayne Bravo is nurturing him well.
Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, Harbhajan Singh said, “Pathirana has been utilised brilliantly by MS Dhoni. He chokes the flow of runs from his end. It is very difficult to pick up a bowler with his unique action. CSK bowling coach Dwyane Bravo has guided him well and the youngster is performing Bravo’s role for CSK.”
In the second game of the doubleheader Saturday, LSG face KKR at Eden Gardens and the Krunal Pandya-led side will face an uphill task to beat a spirited KKR.