Salman Butt: Prithvi Shaw Could Face Challenges In Tests Series In England And Needs To Make Adjustments
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Prithvi Shaw Could Face Challenges In Tests Series In England And Needs To Make Adjustments, Salman Butt

Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI

Salman Butt, former tainted Pakistan batsman has stated that young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw could face a challenging time in England in the Tests unless he makes adjustments to his game.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday confirmed that Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, who are in Sri Lanka, will be heading to England to join the Indian Test squad as injury replacements. While Prithvi Shaw has played five Tests, Suryakumar Yadav is yet to make his debut in the longer format of the game.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw[photo: Twitter]

Salman Butt: Prithvi Shaw Could Struggle In England As His Footwork Isn’t Good

During an interaction on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt admitted that Prithvi Shaw may be troubled by the moving ball due to his lack of footwork.

“Prithvi Shaw has an opportunity in England to prove why many people rate him so highly. But he could struggle in England given that his footwork is not all that good. In England, even batsmen with the best of footwork sometimes have a tough time, especially when the ball swings.”

Salman Butt added that Prithvi Shaw likes to go hard at the ball but has to be careful in harsh England conditions where there will be movement.

“Prithvi Shaw is someone who likes to go hard at the ball and play brutal strokes. It is evident the way he bats that he enjoys belting the ball. But in England you have to be a bit careful. You cannot just take on the bowlers without taking into account the movement and the conditions. Prithvi Shaw will have to review this aspect of his game.”

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

The former Pakistan skipper explained that experienced players like skipper Virat Kohli will give Prithvi Shaw the right guidance and he needs to incorporate those suggestions into his game in England.

“World-class players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara are part of the Indian team in England. They should give Prithvi Shaw the right information on how to play in England. Hopefully, he will adjust. If he doesn’t, you will see what happens.”

Prithvi Shaw has made the most of his form, since being dropped following the first Test in the Australia tour, and was in blazing touch versus the Lankans. His 24-ball 43 in the series-opening ODI and a run-a-ball 49 in the third and final ODI were a treat to watch for all. But he was dismissed in the very first ball of the match on his T20I debut off Dushmantha Chameera.

Salman Butt: Prithvi Shaw Has To Score Runs And Hundreds To Justify An Aggressive Batting Mindset And Only Then He Can Be Compared To Legends

“Some fans feel it is wrong to ask Prithvi Shaw to alter his game. They point out to Virender Sehwag and Viv Richards, who succeeded by playing their own brand of cricket. When you start producing results, you can stake a claim to a particular style of play being yours. You have to score big runs and hundreds to justify a different kind of mindset while batting.”

Prithvi Shaw (Photo/ ICC Twitter)
Prithvi Shaw (Photo/ ICC Twitter)

Prithvi Shaw made his T20I debut in the first game of the three-match series against Sri Lanka but was out for a golden duck. In six ODIs for India, the 21-year-old Prithvi Shaw has a strike rate of 113.85 in one-dayers and the best score of 49.

Prithvi Shaw earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs). The Delhi Capitals’ opener had scored 308 runs from 8 innings, at a staggering strike rate of 166.49 in IPL 2021.

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