The 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw played for Delhi Capitals (DC) in recently concluded IPL 2019. Former Australian World Cup-winning captain Rocky Ponting was the head coach of that team. Meanwhile, the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was the advisor of this side.
Shaw has recently claimed that he learnt a lot from both these experienced former successful captains. The youngster further added that he mostly learnt about mental skills.
On the sidelines of the ongoing T20 Mumbai League, Shaw said, “Learnt a lot playing under the legends Ricky Sir and Sourav Sir. Having played 15-20 years of international cricket, they have a lot experience all over the world. It’s not about three-four things we are being taught, it’s more about mentally (being) over there.”
They won’t talk about technique or anything – Prithvi Shaw
Under Ricky Ponting’s captaincy, Australia won the 2003 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cups, without losing a match. He also played in the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup that Australia won under Steve Waugh’s leadership. Ricky Ponting involved in international cricket for around 17 years (1995-2012).
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy helped the Indian national cricket team to grow up as one of the strongest international cricket teams. He also involved in international cricket for around 16 years (1992-2008).
Shaw added, “They won’t talk about technique or anything, it would be match by match…what the plans and strategies are and not about our skills. Obviously when you are on that stage, you also know things and that’s why you are here. So they helped us mentally, preparing us to be strong.
“Being a youngster and playing the IPL, it is a big thing for me. I would be nervous but because of them, they would help me calm down.”
I wasn’t a good fielder – Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw is currently busy in the ongoing 2019 T20 Mumbai League where he is leading
North Mumbai Panthers.
Shaw admitted that he wasn’t a good fielder at the early ages. However, he realised the importance of fielding for his career’s growth, and then he started to work on it. At present, he is confident about his fielding skills.
The youngster said, “It (fielding) is important in T20s. When I used to play U-14, U-16, I wasn’t a good fielder even if I was the captain. I realised fielding is going (to play) a very important role if you want to play for India. And from there (on) I started working on it and I am pretty much doing well in Indian cricket.”
Prithvi Shaw is confident to play with both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma
Shaw claimed, “When I am playing with Shikhar bhai, I am comfortable with him and when I am playing with Rohit bhai I am comfortable with him as well. Playing with them is a big thing for me.”
I was disappointed at the start – Prithvi Shaw about his ankle injury during Australia tour
After his impressive Test debut against Windies on the home soil, Shaw toured Australia with the national team in last November. He was in the Test squad of that tour but missed out that entire Test series due to his unfortunate ankle injury.
Though he was disappointed at the beginning, he got everyone’s support at that time.
Shaw said about that moment, “It was big opportunity for me, going there but unfortunately my leg twisted and this thing happened. I was disappointed at the start, but a lot of senior players, coaches, and all my friends helped me. After that my dad always said that you are a guy (who) can come back stronger (and) I always believed in that.”
After recovering from that injury, Shaw is gradually growing up as a powerful batsman.