Former India batsman and the Delhi Capitals assistant coach Pravin Amre says that he needed to go hard on Prithvi Shaw after the opener was dropped from the Indian team following his scores of 0 and 4 in the first Test against Australia.
Shaw didn’t play any further in the Test series and was dropped from the subsequent England series as well. He worked with Pravin Amre on his technical and mental improvements and adjustments, which unleashed a beast in him.
The right-hander had a record-breaking Vijay Hazare Trophy season where he amassed 827 runs at an unbelievable average of 165. He followed it up with outstanding batting exploits in the IPL 2021 also scoring 308 runs in 8 games at a strike rate of 166.49, including hitting Shivam Mavi for six fours in an over.
Pravin Amre is impressed by the comeback of the youngster. He reckons Shaw had worked hard on his batting, and while his talent will always be a great asset, his own work ethic will fetch him success, which will justify his talent.
“With Prithvi, you know the talent is there. What he was lacking was hunger. It was crucial to get him on the right track. As coaches, our roles involve being a little hard on the players sometimes. For example, showing Prithvi the mirror after he was dropped from the Indian team earlier this year and asking where he stood. He had a poor IPL last time. How he could bounce back was the first question I asked,” Pravin Amre told news18.com.
“One advantage he has is talent and age. But they are not the only criteria to be successful. To succeed, you need to work hard. We were all sure he would be successful simply because he had the ability. A couple of innings he played this IPL were truly amazing. It requires special talent to hit six fours in one over.
“It is not easy. His talent is natural. We gave him the right direction, how he should be focussing, how he should be delivering that. Simply put, it is about justifying the talent God has given him,” he added.
There is going to be competition for places in the Indian team: Pravin Amre
It was a surprise to many when Shaw was not included for the test to the UK for the Test matches. However, Pravin Amre, who featured in 11 Tests for India, opines that the competition on the national side is immense, and it is difficult for a player to make a comeback.
But since Shaw has age on his side, the 52-year-old believes, the youngster need not think much about things other than simply scoring runs. With his heroics in the recent months, Shaw has made a serious claim to be included in the T20 setup of Indian team as well with two T20 World Cups in consecutive years.
“There is going to be competition for places in the Indian team, which did well in Australia. It is not going to be easy for Prithvi. Not just one good performance will bring him back to the Indian team. You need to be consistent. Prithvi had a good Vijay Hazare Trophy, followed it with a good IPL. And then he needs a good domestic season to get back into the Indian team. He is aware of that. Everyone was hopeful that after the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the way he batted in IPL, he would be in the reckoning for the Indian team,” Pravin Amre further stated.