I Don't Want to Compare Prithvi Shaw with Sachin Tendulkar - Kapil Dev

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I Don’t Want to Compare Prithvi Shaw with Sachin Tendulkar – Kapil Dev 

I Don’t Want to Compare Prithvi Shaw with Sachin Tendulkar – Kapil Dev
Prithvi Shaw. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

India’s former World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev doesn’t want to compare Prithvi Shaw with Sachin Tendulkar. Shaw is just 18 years old and the prodigy batsman has had a perfect start to his career. The Mumbai batsman scored 237 runs in his debut series against the Windies. Thus, he was awarded the Man of the series. In fact, Shaw has shown the right promise. Therefore, he is often speculated as the next big player in Indian cricket.

Meanwhile, it won’t be fair to compare a rookie player with the legend of the game, Sachin Tendulkar. The Master Blaster was able to achieve all but everything in the book and comparisons with him can put extra pressure on any player.

Kapil Dev, England vs India 2018
Kapil Dev. Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)

Shaw has had a fine start to his career.

On the other hand, Prithvi Shaw has an abundance of talent under his belt and he has the skills to deliver the goods. In fact, Shaw had also scored a fine hundred on his debut as he had scored a fluent 134 against the Windies.

“I only say that we should not put pressure on young kids, don’t compare so early. Tomorrow when Prithvi (Shaw) comes out and we say he’s the next Sachin Tendulkar, his natural talent will go out, don’t do that,” said the former Indian captain, as quoted by Sportstar.

The Haryana Hurricane believes that we should give at least 7-8 years to Shaw to get mature as a player. Subsequently, we can draw conclusions after he has played for the aforementioned time.

India vs Windies, Prithvi Shaw, VVS Laxman
Prithvi Shaw. Credit: Twitter

“Let them play over a period of time – 7-8 years – and you will come to know who’s what because by then a player is mature enough. Today you can compare Virat (Kohli) whether he is like Sachin or Viv Richards or at that level because he has already come out with his personality,” he added.

Prithvi Shaw has had a fine start to his career and would like to carry on the same form. Shaw will like to deliver the goods in Australia and it is not going to be a cakewalk for the young batsman.

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