Comebacks are always stronger than a setback

By:Ashish Sharma

Prithvi Shaw is considered as a mixture of Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virender Sehwag by the head coach of Indian Cricket team Ravi Shastri.

Source: BCCI

When India was touring Australia down under, who would have thought that Prithvi Shaw will come back stronger than expected after being dropped?

Despite the bad form he was selected for the India tour of Australia. Prithvi could not make an impact and his bad form continued in the test series. During the first test match, Ricky Ponting had decoded Prithvi Shaw’s weakness. He said that If he does have a chink in his armor it’s the ball that does come back into him,” he’s very comfortable playing the ball away from his body.  In his past 13 innings before the first test, he had only scored 20 runs or more once.

Various former cricketers and experts had written Prithvi Shaw off after the first test. Consequently, he was dropped from the Test series, but he wasn’t sidelined in the nets. Batting coach Vikram Rathour and head coach Ravi Shastri worked closely with him on the entire tour to make changes to his game.

After coming back to India, Delhi Capitals had appointed Pravin Amre as the batting consultant for Prithvi Shaw so that he can work on his techniques.

 Some cricket experts wanted him to go back to India’s domestic cricket and score a heap of runs. And that’s what shaw has exactly done. Shaw after coming back has been in sublime form for Mumbai in the domestic circuit. In the ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy, Shaw has produced back-to-back sensational knocks. In the second semi-final against Karnataka Shaw hammered  165 runs off just 122 balls to help his team reach a mammoth total of 322 runs. The right-hander reached his ton in just 79 balls with the help of 12 fours and 3 sixes. The knock was more special because it was his fourth ton of the tournament. With 754 runs in 7 innings, Shaw also broke the record of Mayank Agarwal’s record of maximum runs in the tournament in one season. Earlier, with his 185 against Saurashtra, while chasing, Shaw had also broken the record of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli’s for the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in a List A chase. 

He might have had a bad run in the last few months, but Shaw has silenced all his critics in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. With IPL a few months away, it remains to be seen if he can continue his good form in the IPL too.