Explosive opener Prithvi Shaw speaks about the tough times he had to endure after being dropped from India’s Test side in Australia. The right-hander was bowled twice in the first Test in Adelaide for 0 and 4 and remained benched for the entire tour as Shubman Gill replaced him.
Prior to the Australia tour, Prithvi Shaw’s technical issues were conspicuous in the IPL 2020 as well where he was dismissed 8 times for single-digit scores before eventually being dropped from the Delhi Capitals eleven.
“After getting dropped from the Test side after the first Test in Australia, I started worrying about my technique on why was I getting bowled. Even if it was a minor mistake, I wanted to minimise that. I started working on it there itself,” Prithvi Shaw said after he blasted 32 off 17 balls against Punjab Kings on Sunday.
“I worked on my initial movement – getting more stable and more ready before the bowler has bowled. After returning from Australia, I worked with my coach Prashant Shetty sir and also Pravin Amre sir before going to the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and it worked quite well. I played my natural game in Vijay Hazare Trophy, but I made a small technical change. After that, it’s going well,” he added.
And it worked like charm for the 21-year-old as he had a record-breaking season in the Vijay Hazare Trophy aggregating 827 runs at an astonishing average of 165.
I didn’t get a lot of practice for IPL: Prithvi Shaw
The right-hander has had a terrific start to the IPL 2020. In Delhi’s first game, against Chennai Super Kings he smashed 72 runs from 38 deliveries; and on Sunday he took the Punjab bowlers to the cleaners as well.
However, Prithvi Shaw points out that he didn’t get any T20 game practice before the IPL – he couldn’t play in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as he was in Australia with the team. But he got some hit in the nets with the coaches and is batting in envious rhythm.
“After coming from Australia, I remained worried about my batting. I worked hard and rectified things and got runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. I didn’t get a lot of practice for IPL, the T20 format. But I got good practice sessions with Ricky Ponting sir, Pravin Amre sir and Prashant Shetty sir, and that made a good impact,” Shaw stated.