Gautam Gambhir Weigh In On Prithvi Shaw-Virender Sehwag Comparison
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has weighed in on the much-talked comparison between Prithvi Shaw and Virender Sehwag. Shaw has been constantly compared with the legendary opener ever since his swashbuckling century on his Test debut last year. One of the most-highly rated youngsters in the world cricket at the moment, Shaw has hit the ground running at the highest level of the game after scoring tons of runs at the junior level.
On Sunday, he scored a blistering knock of 99 against Kolkata Knight Riders’ formidable attack. His shot-play and hand-eye co-ordination has always invited comparisons with Virender Sehwag.
In fact, India coach Ravi Shastri had even said last year that he sees a bit of Brain Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sehwag in Shaw.
However, Gambhir is not at all getting carried away with Shaw’s impressive displays. The veteran of 148 One Days and 58 Tests, who had formed a formidable opening partnership with Sehwag, said that one needs to think hard before comparing the diminutive Mumbaikar to his legendary former teammate.
“Whoever is comparing (Shaw with Sehwag) needs to think before doing that… He has just started his career and there is a long way to go. I have never believed in comparisons. He has his own individuality and Sehwag has his own. He has played one match and Sehwag over 100 Tests,” Gautam Gambhir told Cricbuzz.
Sehwag retired as one of the most successful openers in the history of the game. The Nawaj of Najafgarh, who won the World Cup in 2011, played 104 Tests, 251 one-day and 19 Twenty20 internationals. He scored 8,586 Test runs at an average of 49.34 and is the first Indian to score a Test triple century. Sehwag is also the only Indian to score two triple centuries. He has also scored a double century in ODIs. Shaw, on the other hand, has just started his career and has played just a couple of Tests so far.
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