Prithvi Shaw is having an unprecedented Vijay Hazare Trophy having already scored 754 runs, breaking Mayank Agarwal’s record of 723 runs in 2017-18, with one game to go. The Mumbai opener has smashed 4 hundreds, including a double hundred, at an unreal average of 188.50 and an astonishing strike rate of 188.50. On Sunday, he will lead Mumbai in the final against Uttar Pradesh.
However, just a couple of months ago, Prithvi Shaw had seemed to hit the nadir, at age 21 only, when he was dropped after scores of 0 and 4 in the Adelaide Test against Australia. He was bowled through the gap between his bat and pad, and was dropped from the remaining 3 Tests in Australia and then from the home England series as well.
Prithvi Shaw reveals that on returning home to India, he didn’t speak with anyone but Sachin Tendulkar. The legendary batsman advised the youngster to not make any significant amount of changes, but slightly tweaked the way he played the ball.
“I didn’t speak to anyone, I was getting calls but I was not in the frame of mind to speak to people. My mind was messed up. My bat was coming down from the gully area, but that’s how I have scored runs all my life. The problem was the way I was getting out and I had to fix it immediately,” Prithvi Shaw told Indian Expres.
“I met Sachin sir (Tendulkar) 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),” Prithvi Shaw revealed.
I got a feeling like I was worthless when I was dropped: Prithvi Shaw
The youngster also revealed that he broke down when he was dropped post the Adelaide Test. But, Prithvi Shaw didn’t stay down for long – he understands the talent he possesses, but it’s worth nothing if hard work is not put into it. And the 21-year-old worked hard on his mental and technical aspects to attain a freakish form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
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.
“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,” the opener further added.