Delhi Capital’s opening batsman Prithvi Shaw’s inconsistency has made former England captain Michael Vaughan worry about his future. He is concerned whether Shaw might not join the long list of players who had a great start of their career but soon after attaining fame, they fail.
Since the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, everyone had an eye on the youngster, who has been compared with Virender Sehwag for his fearless, attacking and aggressive batsman. But as the tournament has moved on, his performance has gone from bad to worse.
In the first five matches, the southpaw had given a promising start to Delhi Capitals, scoring 179 runs, including two half-centuries. But in his last five matches, he has amassed only 30 runs while has been two times out for a duck. He has not managed to set the stage on fire. As a result, the young gun has lost his place to the veteran Ajinkya Rahane in the last two matches of Delhi Capitals.
Michael Vaughan admits that Prithvi Shaw has an enormous amount of talent but also agrees that it was good to give him a break. He agrees with DC head coach Ricky Ponting to drop the 20-year-old after he has not stood up to the expectations.
“Sometimes a player needs a break. Ricky Ponting as a coach is full of experience. He has an idea of how to manage most types of individuals. Prithvi Shaw has a huge amount of talent, he can play, no questions about that,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.
Vaughan said that they want Shaw to play freely and his natural game but contrastingly, everyone is also bothered about his inconsistency.
“He has been around 2-3 years with the same expectations, we want him to play with that kind of freedom and in that exciting fashion. But when I see a player that has been around for 2-3 years, and he has been that inconsistent,” he added.
Is Prithvi Shaw as good as everyone has said- Michael Vaughan
Although the T20 format is unpredictable, Vaughan believes that players with potential remains consistent and get a score for the team. But Prithvi Shaw has too many downs than ups. And it worries the former England cricketer about his future in this format. He questions whether Shaw is as good as everyone had imagined.
“I know T20 is a very risky format, but best players still are very consistent. They manage to get scores after scores after scores. Shaw is not coming to a party regularly enough. When I hear he is not even going to the ground, he needs a little bit of a breather, that is a concern for me. Is he as good as everyone has said,” Vaughan added.
Michael Vaughan sums up that if the Delhi Capitals opener doesn’t work on his weakness and fail to bounce back stronger, he might lose his place from the team.
“Sometimes a player is put on the pedestal a little bit too soon, I am not saying that it is Prithvi Shaw at this moment. But if he does not come to the party soon, he might not be as good as everyone said he is. Shaw is not playing those wonderful innings consistently to be in this team,” he further said.
Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw has been named in India’s Test squad for the four-match Test series against Australia in December. He will fly with Team India soon after the completion of the IPL 2020. The series will be a real test for the Mumbaikar.