Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan talked a lot about little ones In the starting batsman Prithvi Shaw in building up the upcoming ODI and T20I series between India and Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan will be the leader of a second-round Indian group for three one-day matches from Sunday, followed by three T20Is.
Speaking about Shaw, Muttiah Muralitharan said the fearless opener’s fearlessness reminds him of Virender Sehwag, who instilled fear in opposition bowlers with his cheeky stripe play.
The legendary spinner who is the leading international wicketkeeper has emphasized that even if Shaw bats for a short while, he will make a significant impact on the match as he bats with slackness.
“As far as Prithvi Shaw is concerned, he is a better one-day and T20 player than a Test player, because the way he plays, it reminds me of someone like Sehwag. He takes a lot of risks and he puts the bowling ball under pressure. If he scores points, India will have a good chance of winning as he can score a big total within a short period of time. He has the talent and he is fearless. He’s not afraid to come out, “Muttiah Muralitharan told ESPNCricinfo.
India should encourage Shaw to play his natural game: Muttiah Muralitharan
Prithvi Shaw was in a surreal form in 2021 after being dropped from the test office in Australia last year. He batted 827 runs at an average of 165.4 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and then followed up with brilliant shots in the IPL 2021 – 308 runs in 8 overs while hitting at 166.49 – before the tournament was suspended, but he did in it managed to storm back the national settlement.
Muttiah Muralitharan maintained that the manager should give the 21-year-old the freedom to play his natural game, while Dhawan can play the second violin on the other side.
India need to encourage him to do that (to play his natural game) because you need players to win matches. He will be very dangerous. Shikhar can go on normally. I know him very well because he was with Sunrisers and a great artist.
‘He can therefore go normally and Prithvi can damage the bowling if he stays at the wicket. This is a huge advantage for India, ‘the former spinner added.