Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer has opened up on Prithvi Shaw’s troubled international career so far. The young opening batsman — Shaw has suffered a plethora of injuries on his brief international career thus far and has also faced a ban for doping violation as well. Hence, the former Mumbai batsman has outlined what Prithvi Shaw needs to do to remain on track.
After scoring a century in his Test debut, the 20-year-old Shaw travelled with the senior team to Australia, which was his first significant overseas tour. However, an ankle injury prevented him from playing even one Test. After the 2019 IPL, Shaw was slapped with a ban for a doping violation, which kept him out of India’s red-ball side for more than a year.
Wasim Jaffer feels Prithvi Shaw is an exceptional talent; however, he hasn’t done justice to it, remaining indisciplined with his body. Jaffer advised Shaw to pick a leaf out of his seniors like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan, who have good work ethics. The Maharashtra-born has played four Tests and three ODIs so far.
“He is a special talent and I am a little disappointed with the way things have taken its course after his ankle injury and then his ban for using the banned substance. Seeing all this troubles me, because he is very, very talented. But he needs to be disciplined if he wants to achieve great things. He is living in that Indian circle where he has got role models like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan who are so disciplined.” the first-class veteran said as quoted by India Today.
There is the pressure when people compare me to him: Prithvi Shaw
In an Instagram chat with Delhi Capitals, Prithvi Shaw revealed that pressure comes on when people compare him to Sachin Tendulkar. Being a little dynamite with imperious stroke playing abilities, several experts have drawn comparisons with the former batting maestro, who was also short in height. He said that he sees it as a challenge and tries to emulate him.
“There is pressure when people compare me to him. But I take it as a challenge. I try to play like him. He is the god of cricket.” Shaw stated.