“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I’m not batting today’” – Ponting on Prithvi Shaw’s philosophy

“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I’m not batting today’” – Ponting on Prithvi Shaw’s philosophy

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Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting desires Prithvi Shaw to forfeit the apply of not batting within the nets whereas going by a lean part – which was the case final season. DC play their first match of IPL 2021 on Saturday (April 11) in opposition to the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.

Ponting, who was appointed head coach of the Delhi-based franchise forward of IPL 2018, revealed that he was all the time in dialog with Prithvi Shaw all through final 12 months so as to discover out the suitable strategy to information him. However, he nonetheless didn’t sound assured of getting cracked the code.

“I’ve had some really interesting chats with him through last year’s IPL, just trying to break him down, trying to find out exactly what was the right way to coach him and how I was going to get the best out of him,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au

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earlier than leaving for India.

Prithvi Shaw had a poor run with the bat in IPL 2020. In 13 outings, the 21-year-old managed simply 228 runs at a slender common of 17.53. It was throughout this time Ponting took cognisance of Shaw’s “interesting theory” and the way he was adamant about not deviating from it.

“But he had an interesting theory on his batting last year – when he’s not scoring runs, he won’t bat, and when he is scoring runs, he wants to keep batting all the time. He had four or five games where he made under 10 and I’m telling him, ‘We have to go to the nets and work out’, and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I’m not batting today’. I couldn’t really work that out,” Ponting revealed.

Prithvi Shaw has come a good distance since then, so far as his private kind is anxious. The Mumbai captain created historical past within the 2021 Vijay Hazare Trophy by amassing the highest-ever tally within the competitors – 827 runs at a median of 165.40 from 8 innings with 4 tons of and one fifty in addition.

While Ponting acknowledged Prithvi Shaw’s latest success, he’s hopeful that the opener has let go of his idea.

“He might have changed. I know he’s done a lot of work over the last few months, that theory that he had might have changed, and hopefully it has, because if we can get the best out of him, he could be a superstar player,” Ponting exclaimed.


Ponting compares Prithvi Shaw to Sachin Tendulkar

Prithvi Shaw has scored 826 runs at a strike-rate of 139.76 in 38 IPL matches [Credits: IPL]
Prithvi Shaw has scored 826 runs at a strike-rate of 139.76 in 38 IPL matches [Credits: IPL]

Apart from being of the identical construct, each Prithvi Shaw and Sachin Tendulkar had blistering begins to their careers. While Sachin relied on timing and finesse, Ricky Ponting said that Shaw depends on energy. He additional added {that a} red-hot Pirthvi Shaw can be key to serving to DC get their steadiness proper.

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“He’s diminutive…in the Tendulkar mould but hits the ball incredibly powerfully off front and back foot, and plays spin really well. If we can get him to take that form that he’s just shown into the IPL, it just makes the balance on our Delhi Capitals side so good. If [the penny] does drop, I’m not sure I’ve seen many more talented players than him in my whole time of playing the game,” Ponting concluded.

The Rishabh Pant-led facet will play their first three matches on the Wankhede Stadium, which is Prithvi Shaw’s dwelling floor. Maybe he’ll really feel extra at dwelling in IPL 2021.


Published 05 Apr 2021, 17:24 IST

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