Indian young opening batsman Prithvi Shaw might have been dumped for the second Test against Australia; however, discussions around his struggles haven’t stopped. One of the significant reasons for India’s chastening loss in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide was Prithvi Shaw’s horrific display at the top. As far as Sachin Tendulkar is concerned, the youngster’s backlift is the issue.
Prithvi Shaw had scores of 0 and 4 in Adelaide as Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins exposed his faulty technique by hitting the stumps, getting it to burst through the gap between bat and pad. The right-handed batsman could not survive a fair number of deliveries, resulting in more pressure on the middle-order batsmen. His selection, in the first place, came under intense criticism.
Shaw’s twin failures in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide and their eight-wicket loss forced India to drop him for the Boxing Day Test. The tourists replaced him with Shubman Gill, who has responded with a confident knock of 45. The same has given the much-needed confidence to the middle-order batsmen and put the team in a better position.
When you’re batting well, your timing is going to be right: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar identified that Prithvi Shaw’s backlift and the hands moving away from the body are becoming a significant problem. According to the 47-year old, it becomes a scoop and when scooping, batsmen do not get the timing right. And when a batsmen is not getting their timing right, having a straighter backlift helps.
“I feel it’s the backlift. I feel his hands are moving away from the body, and then coming in. So, it’s a scoop rather than a pendulum or a cradle, which goes in a straight line. When you’re scooping, you don’t get the timing right and you edge the ball either on the outer side or the inside. When you’re batting well, your timing is going to be right, but when you’re not, the straighter backlift helps,” Tendulkar said as quoted by Times of India.