Talented opener Prithvi Shaw has recently opened up about his return to a swashbuckling form after he was dropped from the Indian side during the four-match Test series against Australia last December, citing that he started worrying about his batting technique that was troubling him in Australia. He had played the opening Test series in Adelaide where he was bowled for 0 and 4 in two innings as well. Shaw struggled against the moving ball and got out off pacers like Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.
However, the youngster batsman returned in his zone in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he broke the record for scoring the most runs in a season – 827 in 8 matches which also included 2 centuries. However, Shaw added that he made a small technical adjustment in his batting that has helped him overcome the difficulty he was earlier facing. And, Prithvi Shaw shared that he had started “worrying” about his technique after the exclusion as well.
He also started well in the IPL 2021 where the opener hit 72 off 38 balls in Delhi Capitals’ first match of the season against Chennai Super Kings. Later, he scored 32 off just 17 balls against Punjab Kings as well.
“After getting dropped from the Test side after the first Test in Australia, I started worrying about my technique on why I was getting bowled. Even if it was a minor mistake, I wanted to minimize that. I started working on it there itself,” Shaw said.
“I worked on my initial movement — getting more stable and more ready before the bowler has bowled. After returning from Australia, I worked with my coach Prashant Shetty sir and also Pravin Amre sir before going to the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and it worked quite well. I played my natural game in Vijay Hazare Trophy, but I made a small technical change. After that, it’s going well,” Prithvi Shaw added.
“I didn’t get a lot of practice for IPL, the T20 format. But I got good practice sessions with Ricky Ponting sir, Pravin Amre sir and Prashant Shetty sir,” he again shared.
“He (Ponting) just says go there and play freely without thinking a lot of things. Partnerships are quite important in the first six overs. We (him and Shikhar Dhawan) do plan about all this (having targets and looking at the scoreboard) before we go to bat. The first six overs are crucial in this kind of wicket which is not easy to bat on in the powerplay,” Prithvi Shaw concluded.