Prithvi Shaw has helped improve my game: Sumeet Dhekale

Prithvi Shaw’s experience with the Indian cricket team admittedly helped the Mumbai batsman.

North Mumbai Panthers' captain Prithvi Shaw during T20 Mumbai League

Rubbing shoulders with Indian cricket team player Prithvi Shaw in T20 Mumbai has been a valuable learning experience for the Mumbai cricketer Sumeet Dhekale.

The two shared the dressing room when representing North Mumbai Panthers in the second season of T20 Mumbai.

It was during the league that Prithvi Shaw, who has represented India in Tests and One-Day Internationals, shared his experience of playing at the highest level with his team-mates.

“I got to learn a lot of new things from Prithvi as he had a good exposure playing for India in the international side,” Sumeet Dhekale told Tenniscricket during an Instagram Live session.

“It helped me to develop my game and how I used to interact with the opposition while on the field,” the southpaw revealed.

“It was a great experience playing with Prithvi Shaw, we both have been playing for a long time, we used to play at Virar since childhood,” he added.

Sumeet Dhekale, a left-handed batsman, played three matches in the second season of T20 Mumbai.

He is not the only cricketer to have benefited from the experience. Left-arm spinner Rahul Sawant too had credited Prithvi Shaw for building his confidence.

Rahul Sawant had revealed how the skipper’s faith in him to open the bowling for the side and backing him for it resulted in the wicket of NaMo Bandra BlastersShreyas Iyer.

It proved to be a turning point for the spinner.

“Prithvi Shaw advised me to be clear about my intention and bowl with confidence,” Rahul Sawant said. “After getting Iyer’s wicket, I had the confidence of doing well in the other matches.”

North Mumbai Panthers, under the captaincy of Prithvi Shaw, enjoyed tremendous success in the second edition of T20 Mumbai, winning all the matches in their run-up to the finals against SoBo SuperSonics.

In the title-decider, their skipper Shaw led from the front with an unbeaten 61, taking the Panthers to a defendable total of 143/7.

The target proved just enough for Shaw’s team as North Mumbai Panthers lifted the trophy for the first time.

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