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‘Being grounded is very, very important’ – Former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad’s advice for Prithvi Shaw

Shaw will be seen in action in the first ODI against Sri Lanka on July 18.

Shaw

Former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad has given his opinion on young batsman Prithvi Shaw and also pointed out that it is going to be extremely important for him to perform well on the Sri Lanka tour. The young Mumbai opener has seen a few ups and downs in recent times but he might have found his way to the top once again.

After having a dream start to his Test career, the U-19 World Cup winning captain had to miss a fair chunk of matches due to his injuries. That allowed some other players into the Indian Test team. Then, there was a break due to the ban which he received upon failing a doping test. Finally, when he started getting into his groove, he lost his place in the Delhi Capitals and Indian team.

Low scores and a string of similar dismissals saw him out of the team. However, he bounced back with a little change of technique and performed enormously well during the Vijay Hazare Trophy and then followed that up with another brilliant performance in the IPL 2021. Gaekwad believes that Shaw’s loss of form could be a result of low confidence or over confidence. He made a point saying that it is important for the young batter to stay humble and grounded.

“It’s going to be very important for him. He’s a brilliant player, who’s got a lot of runs. He started off with flying colours. We thought ‘here is a boy who had come here to stay’. But then he lost it. And why did he lose it? It could be confidence, it could be overconfidence, or arrogance. These are the reasons for which a player has a downfall.”

Being grounded is very, very important. I’ve seen the greatest of players – talk about Tendulkar, Dravid, Vishwanath. They were all grounded, and never put their collars up or said ‘I’m so and so’,” Gaekwad said in an interview with the Hindustan Times.

He further said that Shaw has tremendous potential and can become a future star of Indian cricket. Shaw will be seen in action in the first ODI against Sri Lanka on July 18.

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