In the wake of Prithvi Shaw’s disastrous batting display in the just-concluded Adelaide Test, former India off-spinner Pragyan Ojha has advised the youngster to focus on domestic cricket. Prithvi Shaw’s technique was completely exposed as he was bowled in both the innings. In the first innings, Mitchell Starc dismissed him for a duck.
In the second innings, Pat Cummins sent him back for 4. The young opener is facing criticism from all around for his failure in both the innings. In fact, Prithvi Shaw has failed to do well for quite some time now. He had a forgettable campaign in the IPL while his performance in the two tour games were not promising either.
Ojha has now advised Prithvi Shaw to return to domestic cricket and score big runs before returning to the highest stage. There are reports suggesting that uncapped Shubman Gill could play the second Test against Australia ahead of Prithvi Shaw. Ojha also said that the Indian team must show faith in senior players and give veteran wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha one more chance.
“I think yes, Prithvi Shaw, after looking at his batting. It is definitely Shubman Gill who should get a chance. Prithvi should now focus on domestic cricket because that is where he can play, get those runs and make a comeback,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.
“I was backing Rishabh Pant for the first Test because of his batting. It was Pink ball and I was thinking that if Rishabh plays, he will get you those crucial runs. But now you are talking about a 36-year old guy (Saha). He has just played 1 Test and if he is out of this team, there is no U-turn for him, so you give him one more chance.
“If you look at Prithvi Shaw, he is totally out of this tournament, he is not there mentally. I don’t find the same thing with Wriddhiman Saha. Yes we got out for 36. But the most important thing is that you have to show your belief on senior players. I feel Wriddhi can do wonders. One game and you do so many changes, I think it will hurt further. I feel you should give him one more chance,” he added.