Mumbai team went from been at the bottom of their group in January’s Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy to becoming Vijay Hazare one-day Champions recently and it was due to one man, their captain Prithvi Shaw.
From losing four out of five matches in the T20 tournament that resulted in the coach Amit Pagnis resigning, Mumbai was helped to the title win in the 50-overs format by former India off-spinner and Mumbai stalwart Ramesh Powar.
Prithvi Shaw put the tournament on fire with his bat becoming the first batsman to cross the 800-run mark in the Vijay Hazare tournament history. Mumbai coach Romesh Powar was also confident that Shaw will fight his way back into the Indian team as well.
Prithvi Shaw Was Determined To Make A Statement After The Australia Failure: Ramesh Powar
In an interview with Cricketnext, Mumbai coach Ramesh Powar highlighted who Prithvi Shaw, who took over as Mumbai Captain for the Vijay Hazare Trophy wanted to make a statement after being unceremoniously dropped from the Indian team after his failure in the Adelaide Test, which India lost to Australia by 8 wickets, after being bowled out for 36 in their second innings.
“After three of our main players went from Jaipur to the Indian team (Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Shardul Thakur) for the T20I series against England, Prithvi Shaw took over as captain. He knew what it meant to be there for a player because he has been through a lot of bad patches. He was there batting in the nets. I was amazed at how much energy he put in mentally and physically for this team,” Powar said.
Prithvi Shaw had a dream outing in the tournament as a batsman, scoring 227* against Puducherry and further hit 165* and 185 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He also made 73 in 39 balls in the final against Uttar Pradesh as well. He amassed 837 runs in the tournament at 165.40 with four centuries and one half-century.
“He knew what he was doing, the kind of corrections he wanted to do. I was only monitoring and giving him feedback. It was more related to game situations. His runs were because of the responsibility he had towards the team. He wanted to make a statement after the Australia failure (0 and 4 in Adelaide before being dropped from Test 11). He accepts that whatever on and off the field he was going through, he was trying to rectify it,” said Mumbai coach Powar.