India and Mumbai swashbuckling opener Prithvi Shaw has opened up about the difficult time he endured after he was dropped from the Indian Test squad following his struggles in Australia.
Shaw, who had a torrid time last year due to his continued failures in the IPL and during the pink ball Test in Australia, revealed that it was difficult to fathom what was happening to him but he knew he had to go back and work hard on rectifying his mistakes.
And, the 21-year-old seems to have corrected those mistakes significantly as he went hammer and tongs in the recently concluded Vijay-Hazare Trophy where he ended up breaking the national record for most runs in a single edition of the tournament.
The Mumbai captain became the first batsmen to rack up in excess of 800 runs in a single Vijay-Hazare season, eventually ending with 827 runs in eight games at an average of 165.40 and a strike-rate of 138.29 with four hundred and a double-hundred.
“It was a bit difficult but you know, my only thing was go-back and work hard, just those small mistakes, what was happening in Australia, just to fill those blanks and come back stronger,” Prithvi Shaw said at the post-match presentation after leading Mumbai to its 4th Vijay-Hazare Trophy title.
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made frm something they hv deep inside them – a desire a dream a vision. They have to hv d skill & will. But the will must be stronger than the skill”- Muhammad Ali. This is wht we set out to do as a Team & this victory is for #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/CmDuPIEHql
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) March 14, 2021
‘I just love doing this’- Prithvi Shaw on captaining a team
Prithvi Shaw has now led the Indian U-19 and Mumbai team to World Cup and Vijay Hazare title glory in his brief career.
The swashbuckling opener revealed that he thrives in his role as captain which in turn benefits his batting as the added responsibility helps him remain focussed.
“I (have been) doing captaincy from a very young age, so I have done U-14, U-16 and U-19. I have done India-A as well. I really enjoy captaining the side and you know focused every ball, so I just love doing this and it affects my batting as well, so I am more focused,” said Shaw.
Mumbai had an imperious Vijay-Hazare Trophy campaign under the leadership of Prithvi Shaw. And, the 21-year-old proceeded to heap high praise on his entire squad, stating that the victory was a result of contribution from each and every member of the squad, including the support staff.
“Everyone contributed in this tournament and it wasn’t individual. When it comes to a team, everyone has given 100 per cent, and I feel because of this unity… from support staff, each and every member player contributed in this tournament, so I think this trophy goes to everybody,” he added.