Former India opener Virender Sehwag has called for the inclusion of dashing Mumbai batter Prithvi Shaw in the Indian team after the disappointment of the T20 World Cup 2022 in which the Rohit Sharma-led side was destroyed in the semi-final against England.
Prithvi Shaw has been knocking on the doors of the Indian team with a wonderful performance for Mumbai in the limited overs domestic cricket. The young Mumbai opener has been impressive for his state team over the past few months and played at a strike rate of over 152 in this year’s Indian Premier League for the Delhi Capitals.
However, when the Indian squad for the New Zealand white-ball tour was announced, his name was surprisingly missing from the chosen ones. A number of senior cricketers including Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli have been rested for the tour as Hardik Pandya leads the side in the three-match series, which begins November 18. Shikhar Dhawan will captain the side in ODIs, which will follow the T20I series.
Sehwag was surprised at Shaw’s omission and said as per Hindustan Times:
“Ek naam main jo dekhna chahta tha, vo hai Prithvi Shaw. Naa vo T20 me hai ya vo ODI team me hai. Aur Test toh vo khele hi nahi hai, bahar ho gaye hain bechaare. Vo ek naam main dekhna chaahunga aane waale time me. Khair, 2023 ka World Cup hai, tab tak shayad aa hi jaayenge aane waale time me. (One name that I wanted to see was Prithvi Shaw. He isn’t in the T20 team or the ODI team. He hasn’t been there in Tests for a long time. I want to see him back. But I’m hopeful that he is in the team for the 2023 World Cup).”
In place of the top-order stars, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer have been selected for the role while Suryakumar Yadav retains his place in the squad.
Vo Sabse Suitable Hai T20 Format Ke Liye: Virender Sehwag On Prithvi Shaw
Shaw last played for India in July on the Sri Lanka tour and was out for a first ball duck on his T20I debut. He has played 6 ODIs, scoring 189 runs and 5 Tests with 339 runs with one century to his name.
Sehwag believes that Shaw needs to be called back to the Indian team as he has the strike rate and ability to make runs right from the go. And said that Shaw should’ve been taken to New Zealand as an extra player for the T20I series.
“Prithvi Shaw aise khilaadi hain jo top order me khelte hain, jinka strike rate 150 ke kareeb ka hai. Vo sabse suitable hai T20 format ke liye. Aap usko bhi ek atirikt khilaadi ke roop me le jaa sakte the. (Prithvi Shaw plays at 150 SR in the top order, he is suitable for T20 cricket. You could’ve at least taken him as a reserve player),” Sehwag said.