Is Prithvi Shaw the Reply to India’s Check Opening Woes Abroad?

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04 Oct 2018, 22:40 IST

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Prithvi Shaw – Trying on the Way forward for Indian Cricket

Prithvi Shaw is the brand new buzz phrase in Indian Cricket. From the unique ‘boy surprise’ Sachin Tendulkar to Michael Vaughan, all are effusive in reward for the brand new ‘boy surprise’. And why not? The eighteen-year-old, in his debut Check in opposition to West Indies, confirmed no nerves and appeared to savour the problem that got here his manner. He showcased the free spirit of the youth who’s untouched by the fears of failure; and he deserves all of the reward and encouragement.

However amidst all this reward for Shaw, let’s have a look at the larger image and see if India can remedy their woes for the upcoming Australia tour, for which this West Indies sequence is solely a preparation. Let’s first analyse Shaw’s innings, focusing extra on the way by which he scored his runs than the quantity of runs he mounted up.

First the positives. Shaw is unafraid to pounce on any scoring alternative. A quick begin is a key building-stone to a considerable and even a good rating in abroad excursions. This angle might assist him and his staff’s trigger in abroad situations, reasonably than him being hell bent on dourly defending and scoring at a snail’s tempo earlier than a superb ball inevitably has his quantity written on it.

Secondly, he showcased an array of attacking pictures, together with the pull pictures. Although it’s too early to guage him from only one innings, he appears to have a superb approach whereas enjoying pull pictures. The final nice Indian opening batsman in Assessments, Virender Sehwag, didn’t possess one and but was fairly profitable in abroad excursions.

However not everyone seems to be Sehwag and one can’t overstate the significance of pull pictures on quick and bouncy pitches, akin to those India goes to get in Australia. If Shaw can hone his expertise on this explicit shot, then he needn’t evade from bouncers on a regular basis, one thing that almost all Indian batsmen are vulnerable to do.

Primarily based on this ‘audition’, albeit a seemingly profitable one for the Australia tour, let’s take a look at an space by which Shaw must work on. Although he scored 100 and scored his runs at a quick tempo, his lack of footwork wouldn’t have escaped anyone’s discover. He appears to rely extra on hand-eye co-ordination. In away excursions, particularly in quick, bouncy ones with a touch of swing, this will spell hassle for any batsman, particularly if he occurs to be opening the innings.

Right here once more, one might herald comparisons with Virender Sehwag and his immense success, regardless of the shortage of foot actions. However for each Sehwag, there are various Sadagopan Ramesh’s as properly. Shaw should work on his ft motion. Age is on his aspect, and it appears luck too. With onerous work, and a few luck, who is aware of he could be the reply to India’s woes on the prime of the batting order in abroad situations!

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For Amarjeet Nayak, sports activities is part of life. From Federer, the “GoAT” to Sachin, the “God”, he has lived the agony and ecstasy of his favorite sports activities individuals together with them, however with the passage of time he has learnt to like sports activities a wee bit greater than the sports activities individuals. He understands that his favorite sports activities individuals simply play a small, however important half within the wonderful historical past of assorted sports activities, however no sports activities individual is above sports activities. Although tennis takes up a lot of the time that he dedicates to sports activities, he keenly follows India’s nationwide pastime Cricket in addition to soccer, badminton, hockey, and athletics, to call a number of.
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