The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is less than two weeks away to begin. England and Wales will host the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. A total of ten teams will participate in this competition, including the two-time World Cup winners India. India will begin their new World Cup journey on 5th May when they will play against South Africa at Southampton.
Shaw has great faith in the present Indian national cricket team. He believes that India is currently the best ODI side, who are in the second position in the current ODI team rankings. Shaw believes that the Indian World Cup squad is a balanced side.
The youngster told Sports Tak, “We have a wonderful team, arguably the best ODI side going around. I personally feel that the World Cup be ours this year. The selectors have named a balanced team. I wish the team all the best. I will pray for the team to bring the World Cup back home.”
During the 2011 World Cup, I was sitting at the Wankhede Stadium when India won – Prithvi Shaw
Shaw was present at the stadium during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final which was between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). The youngster added that the tournament victory was his memorable experience.
Shaw said, “During the 2011 World Cup, I was sitting at the Wankhede Stadium when India won. How can I tell you about my experience! I had never been to such a big match before. I went there for the first time for the final. The crowd and the response Sachin Tendulkar was receiving, the entire team, including MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. The support helped the team a lot. To see people so happy after our win, it was a memorable experience for me.”
Under Prithvi Shaw’s captaincy, India U19 cricket team won their fourth U19 Cricket World Cup in last year (2018).
Prithvi Shaw spoke about the Mumbai T20 League
Prithvi Shaw is currently busy in the ongoing 2019 Mumbai T20 League where he is leading the North Mumbai Panthers. Currently, his team is leading the Group A points table with four points after winning all their first two matches of this tournament.
Shaw feels that this tournament is also an excellent platform for everyone. The 19-year-old is focusing on gaining experience from this tournament.
Talking about the Mumbai T20 League, Shaw said, “I look to play the same way wherever I play. It’s not that I will play quite freely in Mumbai T20 League unlike how I used to play in the IPL. This is also a great platform for me. North Mumbai Panthers. I want to thank Mumbai Cricket Association for giving us a big opportunity. It’s a big opportunity for everyone.
“I have learnt a lot from the legends. I have to accept challenges wherever I play. Be it, India, U-19, state of T20 Leagues, I have to accept the challenges the same way I do when I play for India.”
Mumbai leg-spinner Pravin Tambe is also playing for North Mumbai Panthers.
Talking about Tambe, Shaw added, “I look to gain experience wherever I play. In our team, we have Pravin Tambe sir. He is 47 and he is still looking to give his 100 percent. He is still this fit, so I am looking to give 200 percent when I am 19.”
After playing two matches in this tournament, Shaw has scored 75 runs with an average of 37.50 and strike-rate of 174.41. On last Friday (17th May), Shaw scored 53 runs off 31 balls during their victorious match against Namo Bandra Blasters.