Prithvi Shaw is having a dream run in the Vijay Hazare trophy. With 754 runs in 7 innings, Shaw became the highest run scorer in a single edition of the Vijay Hazare trophy. Prithvi will cherish his form now but just a couple of months back, he was going through a run drought. He had a poor IPL then went through a horrendous tour to Australia. The Indian opener revealed that he spoke to Sachin Tendulkar after returning from Australia.
Shaw could only face 6 deliveries in the 1st Test at Adelaide as he was dismissed for 0 and 4 in the 1st and 2nd inning respectively. His poor form led to his ouster from the playing XI as Shubman Gill replaced him in the next Test. He was dropped from the Indian squad for the 4 Test series against England as well. Shaw revealed that Sachin Tendulkar’s advice helped him overcome his technical flaws.
“I met Sachin sir (Tendulkar) after I came back, he said don’t make too many changes and to just play as close to the body as I could. I was late on the ball. So during the entire Australia tour, I worked on that part. Maybe it was because I had gone to Australia after playing in Dubai (IPL),” Shaw told Indian Express.
Shaw was facing problems with the inswinging deliveries as the ball was going through the gap between the bat and pad. Shaw admitted that he had a huge flaw in his technique which he seems to have rectified.
“My mind was messed up. My bat was coming down from the gully area, but that’s how I have scored runs all my life. The problem was the way I was getting out and I had to fix it immediately. My back lift was the same but my bat was coming down slightly away from my body. There was an issue with the initial movement. I was in a fixed position. I needed to keep my bat closer to my body, which I wasn’t doing,” Prithvi Shaw added.
Shaw also revealed that Ravi Shastri and Vikram Rathour helped him realise his shortcomings.
“Ravi (Shastri) Sir and Vikram (Rathour) Sir made me realize where I was going wrong. I had to find a solution. Just go back to the nets and fix it. There were small mistakes that I was making. Those two innings (Adelaide, pink-ball Test) made me look bad,” he said.
Shaw was regarded as the future of Indian cricket and had a decent start to his career. His failures in recent times will be a great learning curve and will help him evolve as a cricketer.