“Everyone Said I Had Issues & I Also Felt That,” Prithvi Shaw Opens Up On His Lean Phase
The young Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw has been called back in the Indian team after a long time as it became very difficult for the selectors to ignore his performances in the domestic cricket. Recently, the Mumbai batter made a record by scoring 379 runs in a Ranji Trophy match against Assam. It is the second highest individual score made by any batter in the history of the Ranji Trophy and it is the highest by any Mumbai cricketer.
Prithvi Shaw had a great start to his test career, he got to play his first test against West Indies in Oct 2018 when he was not even 19 yrs old. He impressed everyone by scoring a century in his debut match and with this hundred, he became the second youngest Indian cricketer to score a century in a test match. However, things went downhill soon and after he failed to deliver against Australia in the first test match, he was dropped from the team and currently, there seems no chance of him getting to play in the Indian test team. Many former cricketers were of the opinion that Prithvi Shaw would not be able to survive in international cricket until and unless he resolved an issue in his batting technique.
There was no problem with Prithvi Shaw’s form as he continued to score runs in domestic cricket and the IPL and now he has been selected for the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand. Ahead of the first T20I against the Kiwis, Prithvi Shaw talked about his debut and the problems which he faced after that in a video posted by the BCCI.
Here is the video:
From emotions on #TeamIndia comeback & the support system to reuniting with former U-19 teammates and Head Coach Rahul Dravid 👍 👍
𝗗𝗢 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦 as @PrithviShaw discusses all this & more 👌 👌 – By @ameyatilak
Full interview 🎥 🔽 #INDvNZhttps://t.co/ZPZWMbxlAC pic.twitter.com/IzVUd9tT6X
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 27, 2023
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Prithvi Shaw said that the first call-up for the national team was a great moment for him and getting the test cap was a very different feeling. He added that he always wished to play test matches for the country, though there were ups and downs in the journey but it was a learning process and he worked hard for it. Shaw stated that he always tried to remain cool, patient and focused on keeping the routine right because small thing matter a lot in the long run.
The Mumbai batter further said that he played five test matches but after that, he was dropped; everyone said that he had some technical issues and he also felt the same. As per Prithvi Shaw, the first thing that he did was to revisit his basics, earlier he didn’t bat much in nets, max 40-45 minutes but then he started batting for 2 or more hours in nets with his Mumbai coach and also rectified his technique.
He added that the last 18 months have been quite tough for him but there were some people who kept on supporting him even when he was not playing for the country. He goes on to say that Rahul coach and Paras Mhambrey have been supporting him since he was 16 yrs old.
Though Prithvi Shaw did not play in the first T20I against New Zealand which India lost by 21 runs, it will be interesting to see whether he will get the chance to play in the second T20I that will be played tomorrow at Lucknow.