According to the Times of India, Chappell SMSed Shaw after seeing the highlights of Shaw’s innings in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. In this, he praised Shaw’s current technology. In particular, Shaw’s early movement to play the ball impressed Chappell a lot.
Chappelle Praises the Earth
Chappell wrote in his message that ‘Hi Prithvi! I saw the highlights of your innings against Sri Lanka… you batted brilliantly. Now your initial movement is absolutely correct. Because of this, you can play most of the balls in a better way. Especially the full length balls. With this, you come in a better position to play the ball and your bat swing has also become better than before.
Shaw’s batting position perfect: Chappell
Chappell, 72, realized that Shaw’s batting position looked perfect when the bowler was releasing the ball. Because of this, he is able to easily hit shots against him.
He said that if you look at the drive played on the score of 22 runs from a side-on angle, then the release point of the bowler is understood very well. This shows that you were already expecting and prepared for the full length ball. That’s why you can hit more shots against balls that are more likely to get wickets. Once you start batting aggressively against such balls, the bowler will compulsively shorten his length and then you get more chances to hit the back foot.
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Chappell himself confirmed sending the message to Shaw, saying that he (Shaw) clearly planned his initial movement in his mind and it felt really good. You see his highlights. If you see the side-on replays of the cover drive he played on 22 runs, then it will be understood how much better position he is coming to play the ball.
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