Impressed by his batting in the ongoing Test series, West Indies batsman Roston Chase has said that young Prithvi Shaw's dominance right at the top makes it easier for the rest of the Indian batting line up to get going.
Shaw followed up his highly confident debut knock of 134 in the first Test at Rajkot with a magnificent 70 on Day 2 at Hyderabad and you can see why the child prodigy is capturing everyone's imagination.
“I think they look up to him to give them that good start and the other guys, more mature guys, just come in and knock it around and look to take ones and twos,” said Chase after the day's play, "I just think that was their strategy, to really go hard with the young guy because that is his natural game, and make it easier for the other guys coming in after him. We tried to contain the batsmen," he stressed, "We set more defensive fields and tried to put more pressure back on them after they got the quick start and it paid off for us. But then, we had a few lapses in the field and that really cost it,"
Chase, who himself played an outstanding innings of 106 to help West Indies recover from 113-5 to what is now a very good looking total of 311, spoke about his fourth Test hundred and first away from home and said, “After the first game, I really looked at my batting in both the innings and as I said, I thought that I was trying to over-hit the ball and on these quick outfields, that’s not really called for," he added, "You just need to stroke the ball into the gaps and get the ones and twos and put the bad balls away and runs will come that way."
He further said, “I really thought about that after the first game and I was pleased with my performance. I wanted to go bigger, it’s never enough runs for the batsman. Umesh got the better of me today but I am still pleased with the century. It is my first century away from home, so it is a special one for me,” and signed off.
(Inputs from PTI)