Your initial movements now perfect: Greg Chappell to Prithvi Shaw | Cricket News

MUMBAI: Prithvi Shaw‘s blazing 24-ball 43, which included nine superbly-struck fours, in India’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening ODI on Sunday night at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has prompted former Australian captain and ex-India coach Greg Chappell to personally compliment the young gun for his improved technique.
In a message (a copy is with TOI) to Shaw on Monday, Chappell, having watched the highlights of the youngster’s knock, praised the 21-year-old batsman for his present technique, specifically ‘the initial movement’.
“Hi Prithvi! I saw the highlights of your innings against Sri Lanka. It was fantastic. Your initial movements are now perfect, which give you better access to more deliveries, especially full balls, and allows you to get into better positions with a much better bat swing,” Chappell wrote.
The 72-year-old Aussie legend felt that Shaw’s batting position at the time of the bowler releasing the ball was now “perfect,” thus allowing him to punish the bowlers with ease.
“Your position at ball release is perfect. If you have a look at the side on replay after you have hit a cover drive for four when on 22 it will show the at release position very well. That is perfect and shows that you are expecting the full ball which of course is the early release point. That allows you to attack more of the full balls that are the dangerous deliveries. Once you start punishing those, most bowlers will pull their length back which will give you more scoring shots from the back foot,” wrote Chappell.
Confirming that he sent a personal message to Shaw, Chappell, who scored 7,110 runs in 87 Tests@53.86, told TOI from Brisbane: “He has obviously done some work on his mind and his early movements. It looks really good. Have a look at the highlights. The side on replay of his cover drive when on 22 is the perfect illustration of the ideal position at release. Every good player gets into this position at ball release.”

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