It is fair to say that talented young opener Prithvi Shaw is having a tough time in Australia. Shaw, who was touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket, has seen his stocks and reputation take a considerable beating following his dismal form in competitive cricket in the past few months. And, it’s not only his underwhelming form, it is the manner in which he has been getting out on a consistent basis that has led to raging criticism from fans as well as former cricketers and experts.
Shaw was consistently dismissed either in the slip-cordon or caught-behind during his stint 2020 Indian Premier League stint with the Delhi Capitals. His failure to counter the moving ball was exposed to the hilt, ultimately forcing the team-management to drop him from the playing 11. His poor form continued Down Under as the swashbuckling opener was outscored by his former U-19 teammate Shubman Gill in the two warm-up matches against Australia A ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
More than the runs, it was the manner in which Shubman Gill played that impressed both fans and pundits as they called for his inclusion in the playing 11 for the series opener ahead of the incumbent Shaw. However, the team-management went with the Mumbai batsman, a move that ended up having disastrous results as Prithvi’s gap between his pad and bat was exploited to the hilt by Mitchell Starc in the first innings followed by Pat Cummins in the second.
With India losing the Test in a shambolic manner, the scrutiny on Prithvi Shaw intensified with fans and experts calling for him to make way for Shubman Gill.
However, former Australian leg-spinner Brad Hogg feels that Shaw is too big a talent to be dropped after one poor outing. In-fact, Hogg has come up with a radical suggestion of slotting the under-fire opener in the middle-order.
Brad Hogg was responding to a tweet from a cricket fan, who had tagged him in a post where he had chosen India’s ideal playing 11 for the Boxing Day Test.
Shaw has made a lot of runs in domestic cricket, so he has talent. I think India should look at him at 4 or 5 for the long term, where his technique will be better suited,” tweeted Brad Hogg on Tuesday.
Good XI. Shaw has made a lot of runs in domestic cricket, so he has talent. I think India should look at him at 4 or 5 for the long term, where his technique will be better suited. #IndvAus https://t.co/X3jiMpItzT
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) December 22, 2020