India’s future looks bright with Prithvi Shaw – the new Virendra Sehwag

Indian Kuldeep Yadav with Prithvi Shaw

Indian Kuldeep Yadav with Prithvi Shaw
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When Prithvi Shaw made his Test debut in 2018 and scored a hundred against the West Indies, he became the youngest Indian rookie centurion. It has been said that India has found another outstanding talent and he has even been compared to the great Sachin Tendulkar.

He had already shown from his early days how talented he was when he scored 546 points in one set at the age of just 14 in school cricket. He was also the youngest to score a century in the Duleep Trophy and when he won his Ranji Trophy (both national tournaments) he had scored a hundred wins for Mumbai.

Given his performances, Shaw was named captain of the Indian Under-19 team which became the 2018 world champion. His flair at this World Cup earned him an Indian Premier League contract with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).

He had a rough time in Australia in 2020 in his only down test and there were calls that he didn’t have the technique to play the swinging ball. But after that in 2021, he returned to the drawing board and corrected his game to score a whopping 827 points in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at a strike rate of 138. He followed that up with 308 points in the IPL in only eight games at a strike rate of over 150.

The way he hits is reminiscent of Virendra Sehwag, who is fearless and chasing bowling from the first ball. What makes Shaw exceptional is that he has all the hits in his arsenal. Only time will tell if he can be successful in red ball cricket under swing and test conditions, but in white ball cricket and especially the T20 format, he is a dynamo who can get his team started in such a way. electrifying.

With the T20 having evolved so much in recent years with teams such as England and the West Indies playing gung-ho cricket, India will need Shaw to give them that blazing start from the first ball in the format. the shortest.

For Shaw to enter the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup, he will need to have a good streak in Sri Lanka. In the first game, set the pattern of the innings by scoring a quick shot of 43 out of 24 balls, which was a feast for the eyes as they were sleek cricket shots. He will also have to be consistent during the IPL – which takes place just before the T20 World Cup in October in the United Arab Emirates – to be considered as India has like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Dhawan all competing. for opening. in law.

India haven’t won the T20 World Cup since the inaugural championship in 2007, which was won by a young team under MS Dhoni, and it is India’s best chance if they support young players. fearless like Shaw that are tailor-made for this format.

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