One of the most-talked-about omissions from India’s squad to England for the World Test Championship final and the subseuqent England Test series was Prithvi Shaw. The selectors ignored Prithvi Shaw and opted for Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, and KL Rahul for the opening slot. Meanwhile, the BCCI has reportedly advised Shaw to shed a few more kilos before being considered.
Prithvi Shaw has bounced back exceptionally well after the management axed him from the first Test of the Australia tour. The right-handed batsman had faults associated with his technique and he worked well on those to top the run-scoring charts in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year, amassing more than 800 runs. Shaw was also in red-hot form for the Delhi Capitals this year.
A BCCI source opined that as a 21-year old, Prithvi Shaw needs to be rapid on the turf and lose a bit more weight. The Indian cricket board also claimed that his fielding remains substandard, but acknowledged the hard work he has been doing since returning from Australia. And the BCCI remains confident that if Rishabh Pant could turn things around in a few months, Shaw could too.
“Prithvi is still very slow across the turf for a 21-year-old. He needs to shed a few more kilos. He also had concentration issues while fielding in Australia. Shaw has been working hard since he returned from Australia. He has the example of Rishabh Pant right in front of him. If Pant can turn things around in a few months, Prithvi too can do it,” the BCCI source was quoted as saying,” the source claimed as quoted by Times of India.
Prithvi Shaw has to sustain the form for a few more tournaments: BCCI
The apex board of Indian cricket also believes that the 21-year old must show consistency and underlined that the selectors often pick him based on one good series. They opine that the Maharashtra-born cricketer is too good a batsman to be overlooked for long.
“He has to sustain this form for a few more tournaments. He has often been picked on the basis of one good series and then he has struggled in international cricket, He is too good a player to be ignored for long,” it added further.