Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar casually highlighted the recent performances of Mumbai batter Prithvi Shaw in the Ranji Trophy when Team India, under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma locked horns with Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. Mumbai opener has often been touted as the next big thing in world cricket, but he failed to cement in his place in Team India despite starting his career with a century on his Test debut.
The Delhi Capitals (DC) opener regained top form during the 2023 edition of the Ranji Trophy as he smashed quite a few records by scoring a triple century in the Elite Group B match against Assam at the Amingaon Cricket Ground in Guwahati. An in-form, Shaw broke multiple records on his to scoring 379 off 383 balls to help Mumbai post a gigantic 1st innings total of 687-4 in 138.4 overs.
Giving Shaw a special mention on commentary duty during the ODI series between India and Sri Lanka, batting legend Gavaskar opined, “This is what was needed from him, he was scoring lovely 60s-70s. So many people were scoring 60s-70s. If you really want to grab the attention of the selection committee.”
He further added, “Get the bigger hundreds, the double and triple hundreds. He almost got a 400, that would have been fantastic if he had gotten a 400-plus score.”
Prithvi Shaw was recently praised by Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) secretary Jay Shah after the Mumbai opener played a gem of a knock during the World Cup year.
Talking about the same, Sunil Gavaskar said, “I think he might have made it difficult for Mumbai to think about the declaration. Because then, he would have been close to the highest-ever score by an Indian (443 not-out) in first-class cricket. There will have always been a temptation to go for that 443. It’s a very tough call.”