Former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell has praised Indian right-hand opener Prithvi Shaw for his superb maiden century on Test debut against Windies at Rajkot. Meanwhile, Alistair Campbell was studying in school when he was picked to play for Zimbabwe. However, he played his inaugural Test match against India in 1992 when he was just 20 years old.
On the other hand, Prithvi Shaw also scored hundreds on Ranji and Duleep Trophy debuts. He played his first Test in Rajkot and scored 134 off 154, hitting 19 fours. He became the youngest from India to score a century on Test debut. Moreover, he batted in such a manner that it drew comparisons with batting legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
“What he did on his Test debut was unbelievable. I like his technique and the way he plays so late. He is mentally more advanced than his years. When you have a Sachin Tendulkar as a mentor, you have good chances of succeeding,” Alistair Campbell said while talking to the Hindu.
“Whatever format you put him in, he delivers,” he said. “He is the best batsman in the world at the moment,” Campbell added.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is going through a tough financial period. Heath Streak had earlier moved to court seeking an order for the provisional liquidation of ZC, saying the board is no longer able to pay its debts.
“You don’t want that to happen, especially with Streak, one of your iconic players,” said Alistair Campbell. “I am glad that the ICC has intervened and ZC has realised that it has to put its house in order,” he added.
Alistair Campbell had played 60 Test matches for his nation and had scored 2858 runs averaging 27.21. He also had his best score of 103 runs and also scored two centuries and 18 half-centuries.