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If Shubman Gill’s career graph has gone in an upward direction, his U-19 teammate Prithvi Shaw has plunged to rock bottom.
Shaw played the first six games of the season for the Delhi Capitals, scoring 12, 7, 0, 15, 0, and 13, before he was dropped. He returned for the last two games and scored a fifty but never found that tempo in his batting.
Shaw finished the IPL with 106 runs in eight matches. Shubman Gill smashed three centuries in his last four innings and has the Orange Cap now, for a total of 851 runs so far, scored at an average of 60.78 and strike rate of 156.43.
Former India pacer Karsan Ghavri says the fortunes are contrasting as Gill has worked “tirelessly on his batting,” while Shaw “hasn’t”.
Shaw thinks he is a star and nobody can touch him. But he needs to understand that at the international level, irrespective of whether you are playing T20, 50 over or the Test match or even the Ranji Trophy, it takes only one delivery to get you out.
“You require discipline and a good temperament. You need to constantly work on yourself. You are required to occupy the crease, and if you do that, you are bound to get more runs,” Ghavri said.
Ghavri feels Shaw should learn from Gill and must work on his technique and fitness.
“They are of the same age. Nothing has been lost yet. Gill has worked on his flaws, while Shaw hasn’t. He still can. He needs to work hard; otherwise, there is no point in having so much potential,” he says.
Ghavri is not the only one, who has slammed Shaw for his batting and work ethics. Former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull that the Mumbai batter needs to work on his technique and fitness.
“I pointed out the glitch in his batting in 2018 and till now, I can see the same. No change. You can’t continue down the same road. If things aren’t working, you have to change them up, and he has to understand where he is at in his game. It’s just not good enough. I don’t think he is fit. I don’t think he has really adjusted his game as such and he has paid the price,” Doull had said on Cricbuzz after Shaw’s lean phase in the early part of the tournament.
At the start of the season, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting had high hopes for Prithvi Shaw and even said that this will be the opener’s biggest season in the IPL. Ponting admitted that Shaw failed to live up to his potential.
“I actually came out and publicly said on record that he might be our standout player throughout the tournament, but that hasn’t worked out,” he said after Shaw was dropped following a string of poor scores.“
It was six games this season, I think six or seven games in the back end of the last season. I think it is 13 games (12) since Prithvi has made a fifty while opening the batting,” Ponting had said. “We needed to find that spark at the top of the order, and Prithvi has failed to give us that start.”
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