Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Prithvi Shaw is living under pressure like other Indian stars and wants him to play freely. The right-handed batsman scored a well compiled 43 runs off 24 balls in the first ODI of the series against Sri Lanka.
According to him, the pressure of missing out on a hundred should not be put on Shaw. He also added that fans tend to put pressure on the players every time they get a start. Sanjay lauded Shaw for putting India in a driving seat.
“I hope we don’t, typically like we do in India, put pressure on a young player, saying he has got to get a hundred,” Manjrekar told Sony Sports. ”That 40 (43) he got today put India in a winning position after that; India wasn’t going to lose even if they tried,” he further noted.
“I am happy with him getting 40s and 50s at the strike rate, provided there is enough batting after that. And it seemed like he wasn’t looking to play that way, but it was just happening. Ishan Kishan played a little differently, bordering on being frenetic,” Manjrekar said.
He felt that it is better to register a win instead of scoring a big hundred.
“Eventually, he will start getting the big scores, but I don’t think the pressure should be put on him straight away that he has got to convert his starts into hundreds. Getting a hundred in ODI cricket, if you’re a good player batting at the top, you get hundreds. But winning is important,” Manjrekar said.
After the dismissal of Prithvi, Ishan Kishan went after the bowlers and scored 42-ball 59. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan scored 86 not out from 95 balls.