Former England captain, Michael Vaughan is not someone to mince his words. He has recently talked about Delhi Capitals opener, Prithvi Shaw’s inconsistent display in IPL 2020.
Prithvi Shaw after a couple of half-centuries at the start of the tournament had a string of low scores. In his last four matches, the right-hander has scores of 4,0,0, and 7. He was dropped and replaced by Ajinkya Rahane for Delhi’s last two matches.
He might not be as good as everyone said he is: Michael Vaughan
Several experts and former cricketers have opined about Prithvi Shaw in the past week, not just on his technical flaws as a batsman but also about his state of mind post his axe from the team. Michael Vaughan said to be considered amongst the best. Players have to be consistent, which he believes Shaw hasn’t been. It concerns Vaughan that Sahw wasn’t even at the ground. He then poses the question that is the opener even as good as everyone has said!
Taling to Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan said, “I know T20 is a very risky format, but best players still are very consistent. They manage to get scores after scores after scores. Shaw is not coming to a party regularly enough. When I hear he is not even going to the ground, he needs a little bit of a breather, that is a concern for me. Is he as good as everyone has said?”
“Sometimes a player is put on the pedestal a little bit too soon, I am not saying that it is Prithvi Shaw at this moment. But if he does not come to the party soon, he might not be as good as everyone said he is. Shaw is not playing those wonderful innings consistently to be in this team,” he added.
Ricky Ponting has an idea of how to manage most types of individuals: Michael Vaughan
While Vaughan said there is no doubt over the amount of talent Shaw is, but he has been around for 2-3 years and wants him to play in a fearless and exciting fashion. The former England skipper also says that Ricky Ponting, the Delhi coach, will know how to deal with Shaw in this situation and hopes he brings out the best out of his star opener.
“Sometimes a player needs a break. Ricky Ponting as a coach is full of experience. He has an idea of how to manage most types of individuals. Prithvi Shaw has a huge amount of talent, he can play, no questions about that.”
“He has been around 2-3 years with the same expectations, we want him to play with that kind of freedom and in that exciting fashion. But when I see a player that has been around for 2-3 years, and he has been that inconsistent,” Vaughan added.
Delhi Capitals suffered their third consecutive loss on Tuesday against Hyderabad. They have slipped to the third spot courtesy a massive 88 run loss. They will face Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Saturday.