India vs Windies 2018
Prithvi Shaw (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Veteran India opener, Gautam Gambhir feels bigger challenges awaits for Prithvi Shaw, who hit his debut hundred in his first Test against the Windies in Rajkot. The youngster also got adjudged as the Man of the Match. However, Gautam Gambhir first stepped aside from the captaincy and later dropped himself from the Delhi Daredevils (DD) team in the last edition of the IPL due to his poor form.

Shaw is impressive and talented

Prithvi Shaw, who was also the part of the squad went onto replace the legendary batsman at the top of the order. Moreover, Gambhir praised the 19-year-old batsman calling him impressive and talented. However, Gautam played the last Test in Rajkot against England in 2016 and wanted Shaw to be more cautious for the upcoming matches.

“He’s impressive. He’s very talented, and that’s why he is there. He’s started off his Test career on a very good note, but there will be far bigger and far difficult challenges waiting for him,” Gautam Gambhir said at the launch of the second edition of Vicks #TouchOfCare campaign on Thursday.

Gautam Gambhir, Prithvi Shaw
Gautam Gambhir (Credits – Getty Images)

Furthermore, many people feel Prithvi Shaw enjoyed his first international match against weak opposition. Shaw’s real capabilities will get tested in December when India will play a four-Tests series in Australia. Shaw has to face the quality bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, along with off-spinner Nathan Lyon, if he gets picked, of course.

In addition to that, Gambhir admitted Shaw and Rahul’s opening partnership was not impressive. Gambhir also said it is necessary to get an excellent platform to succeed in the overseas conditions.

Will Shaw survive this test of fire and score runs Down Under?

Prithvi Shaw, Gautam Gambhir
Prithvi Shaw hit his maiden Test ton against the Windies in Rajkot.

“I hope so. It’s important for any opening batter to succeed in Australia. That’s where India struggled in England. There opening partnerships were not good enough. If you want to succeed overseas or anywhere, you need a good platform,” Gautam Gambhir added.

However, India will play the second Test against the Windies on October 12 (Friday) in Hyderabad.

Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover