Indian opening batsman Prithvi Shaw’s place in the Test side could be under real scrutiny for the remaining Test series against Australia. Prithvi Shaw, who bagged a duck in the first innings of the opening Test in Adelaide, managed only four runs in the second. Former Indian seamer Zaheer Khan has opined that the possibility is real that Shaw might not play in Melbourne.
After Mitchell Starc exposed his faulty technique in the first innings in only two balls, Pat Cummins was in the business too. The sharp in-swinging deliveres from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins burst through the big gap between the bat and pad of Shaw. As a result, Shaw had to depart early in the second innings as well and without troubling the scores by too much.
Prithvi Shaw’s selection had already come under scrutiny ahead of the first Test in Adelaide since Shubman Gill displayed much better performances in the two warm-up games against Australia A. With Shaw’s technique not suited to the standard of Test cricket, it could be time that the selectors wield the axe immediately for better results from their opening pair.
There was some speculation that Prithvi Shaw might not be starting the series: Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan, who spoke to Sony Six, agreed with the other panel of experts that Prithvi Shaw might be missing the second Test and the remaining leg too. With the speculation already in place that the youngster might not be starting the series, the single-figure scores and the dropped catch are not helping either.
“I completely agree with you that he might be missing in this (next) Test match. I mean the remaining of the series looks like it’s going to be difficult for him to make his spot. There was some speculation that he might not be starting the series. These kinds of total and that dropped catch,” Zaheer Khan said.