Prithvi Shaw is having a dream Vijay Hazare Trophy season having already broken the records of most runs with one match, the final, left to play.
The right-hander opener has smashed 754 runs, breaking Mayank Agarwal’s mark of 723 runs in 2017-18, with 4 centuries, including a double hundred, at an unbelievable average of 188.50 and an astonishing strike rate of 188.50. On Sunday, he will lead the Mumbai side into the final against Uttar Pradesh.
However, not long ago, Shaw felt good for nothing himself on being dropped from the Indian Test eleven after his scores of 0 and 4 in the Adelaide Test against Australia. He was benched for the remaining three Tests as his former under-19 teammate Shubman Gill cemented his place along with Rohit Sharma.
Prithvi Shaw says that while he was happy that the team had won the series, he was utterly upset for being on the sidelines. He reveals that he cried after being dropped post the Adelaide game and made up his mind to work harder – and the hard work is vivid in terms of his batting and runs in the Vijay Hazare tournament.
“I was in complete tension when I was dropped after the first Test. I got a feeling like I was worthless though I was happy that the team was doing well. I said to myself, ‘I need to pull up my socks’. There is a saying, ‘hard work beats talent’. I told myself all this talent is fine but it’s of no use if I don’t work hard,” Prithvi Shaw told The Indian Express.
“It was the saddest day of my life (when he was dropped). I went to my room and broke down. I felt like something wrong was happening. I needed answers quickly,” he said.
Shastri, Rathour, and Tendulkar helped Prithvi Shaw with his technique
Prithvi Shaw was bowled between his bat and pad in Adelaide twice – similar dismissals were seen in the IPL preceding the Australia tour. The diminutive opener reveals that head coach Ravi Shastri and batting coach Vikram Rathour helped work out his flawed technique; on return to India, he had a chat with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar about the same.
“Ravi sir and Vikram sir made me realise where I was going wrong. I had to find a solution. Just go back to the nets and fix it. There were small mistakes that I was making. Those two innings made me look bad.
“My backlift was the same but my bat was coming down slightly away from my body. There was an issue with the initial movement. I was in a fixed position. I needed to keep my bat closer to my body, which I wasn’t doing.
“I met Sachin sir after I came back. He said don’t make too many changes and to just play as close to the body as I could. I was late on the ball. So during the entire Australia tour, I worked on that part. Maybe it was because I had gone to Australia after playing in Dubai (IPL),” Shaw revealed.
While Shaw was dropped from the England Test series, the 21-year-old is close to breaking back in the side with his surreal form. With a long tour to England – the WTC final versus New Zealand and 5-match Test series against England – coming up, the right-hander could make a return, albeit as a back-up opener to Gill and Rohit.
“Even now I feel everything is not fine till I am back in the Indian team. Whenever I get a chance, I want to grab it. I knew that I wouldn’t be getting a chance against England and I took it in my stride. It is me who has to be blamed,” the opener further added.