Talented Prithvi Shaw Still Has A Long Way To Go: Rahul Dravid
Praising rising star Prithvi Shaw, India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid has said the Mumbai youngster still has a long way to go before he becomes a finished product.
The 17-year-old, who shot to prominence after scoring 546 off 330 balls in a Harris Shield game in November 2013, became an overnight sensation after scoring a brilliant century in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu to help Mumbai storm into the final. He has already been tipped by many as the next big thing in Indian cricket but Dravid feels the teenager still needs to learn a lot before he fulfills all the expectations.
“He (Shaw) is a talented player but he’s got a long way to go. He has got lot to learn. None of them are finished products, all are learning along the way. He will get opportunities, he (is) going to have some ups and downs,” Dravid said.
He also credited the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for giving Shaw a chance to play in the Ranji Trophy at such a young age.
“Firstly, can’t give the credit to me, it’s credit to Mumbai cricket. Actually (they) had the courage to play 17-18 year old boy (Shaw) and been able to pick him, seen him perform obviously in domestic cricket and U-19 cricket,” added the former India skipper.
“It’s really interesting, lot of times I tell people I have been in this job for close to 18-16 months, the only people actually called me up and asked me about their players are Bombay guys. Nobody else calls. You think that being a former India player and being a coach you find lot of associations wanted to call you up and ask you about the players, but I had only conversations with the Bombay guys. Last year they wanted to know lot about Arman (Jaffer) and Prithvi as well. So I guess in a sense it tells you why Bombay (is) so successful,” he concluded.
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