Prithvi Shaw, Delhi Capitals opener said he is looking forward to working with coach Ricky Ponting again, saying the head coach is the “boss on the field” and a good friend of it.
India opener Prithvi Shaw on Wednesday talked up his equation with Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting, saying he is excited to have the Australian legend back in the dressing room at Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Prithvi Shaw Thinks When Ricky Ponting Speaks Shah Rukh Khan’s Chak De India Song Should Be Played In Background
Prithvi Shaw also made a special mention of the much-talked-about pep talks from Ricky Ponting, likening them to the ones that Shah Rukh Khan’s Kabir Khan character delivers in the popular Hindi film, Chak De! India.
Ricky Ponting makes it a habit to have a pep talk before and after IPL matches. As revealed in some beautifully executed social media videos by the Delhi Capitals, Ricky Ponting often delivers rousing dressing room speeches, giving away his own Man of the Match awards after every IPL encounter.
“The boss is back. He is a very nice person. On the field, he is like a boss, off the field he is like a friend. I think he is a very nice person. Let’s see how it goes (this year). Absolutely, I think when Ricky sir speaks, it should be played in the background. Shah Rukh Khan’s song,” Shaw told Delhi Capitals on Tuesday.
Ricky Ponting said he was perplexed at Prithvi Shaw’s self-found theory of not wanting to practice in the nets when he was not getting any runs with the willow. Prithvi Shaw had a great start to the IPL in UAE last year but then suddenly saw a dramatic dip in form and registered several single-digit scores before being dropped in the later stages of the tournament. He scored only 228 runs averaging a mere 17.53 in IPL 2020.
Prithvi Shaw Won’t Bat When He’s Not Scoring Runs And When He’s Scoring He Keeps Batting All The Time: Ricky Ponting
Prithvi Shaw’s comments come days after coach Ricky Ponting heaped praise on the Delhi Capitals opener before heading to India for IPL 2021. Notably, Ricky Ponting also revealed an interesting point about the young opener, saying he does not bat at the nets when he is not scoring runs in the middle.
“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 ten and I’m telling him, ‘We have to go to the nets and work out [what’s wrong]’, and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I’m not batting today’. I couldn’t really work that out,” Ponting had told cricket.com.au.
Prithvi Shaw is unlikely to do so this year as he has been in fine form in the lead up to IPL 2021. He overcame an ordinary Australia tour and hit peak form in the 50 overs domestic tournament-Vijay Hazare Trophy as he hit a record-breaking 827 runs in 8 matches, leading Mumbai to the title in the 50-over domestic competition.
Mumbai stand-in captain and opener Prithvi Shaw became the first player to register more than 800 runs in a single edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Delhi Capitals will be led by Rishabh Pant in IPL 2021. The finalists from last year will take on Chennai Super Kings in their opening match in Mumbai on April 10.