People will be on the edge of their seats when Prithvi Shaw walks out to bat: Gavaskar

first_imgPrithvi Shaw, all of 18, has been told Thursday morning will be his big day. It will be the day he will become an India Test cricketer. And it will be the day the world will find out how he has prepared for the momentous occasion and he deals with the nerves of playing at the highest level. Can he keep away thoughts of his father’s sacrifices and the many journeys on the local Mumbai trains? Will he find the strength to deliver for India and realise his dreams?Shaw has shown resolve already in a young career as a professional cricketer. He has the experience of leading the Indian under-19 team to World Cup success. He has seven hundreds in 14 first-class matches including centuries on his Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debut.Little wonder then that there is palpable excitement around Prithvi Shaw’s India debut.”There is a lot of excitement because everybody likes to see a new star in the making. Because people anticipate another 10, 12, 15 years of cricket ahead,” the original Little Master Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.Also read – Prithvi Shaw ‘a bit nervous’ but feeling very good ahead of Test debutGavaskar laughs when we remind him Shaw has one thing going for him: like Sachin Tendulkar and Gavaskar himself, Shaw is not a tall man. “The anticipation is also because of the way he plays. He is a natural stroke player so that’s exciting. Clearly when he walks out to bat there will be people sitting on the edge of their seats. And there will be some who will be nervous for the 18-year-old. But most will be anticipating fireworks from him,” he says.advertisementInterestingly, when made the world-record 546 off 330 balls for his school, Gavaskar’s PMG had the then 14-year-old under their wings. A small stipend was to be delivered in a separate savings account which he could use when he turned 18. Now, Shaw at 18 has a multi-crore bat sponsorship deal and earns over Rs 1 crore plus from his IPL contract. Gavaskar had sent Prithvi a letter of appreciation too when he became a record holder.Also read – Prithvi Shaw to debut in 1st Test as India announce 12-man squad”It’s nice to see him get his India cap. He deserves it fully. The way he has performed in all forms of the game and having scored big hundreds at all levels…. He is an in-form player and fully deserving,” he said.Young @PrithviShaw is all set to make his Test debut tomorrow at Rajkot. How well does he time the ball? #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/5LLvl7GKkQBCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018Prithvi’s is not a defend-first game and missing out on debut in England in testing conditions may not be a bad thing. West Indies have some young fast bowlers in their ranks but Shaw did score a hundred in England this year against the West Indies A outfit that had some bowlers from the current squad.Also read – Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw share a light moment as India get down to practice in Rajkot”That’s a big plus to have played at pretty much the level of Test cricket. What separates men from boys in Test cricket is temperament. As a batsman, you tend to get a few more scoreable deliveries at the lower level, whether it is Ranji Trophy or for the A team or the Under-19s. At the Test level, you do not get boundary very often… you may get them in a couple of overs. So you need a little bit more patience and have better shot selection early on,” Gavaskar said.With a more testing Australian tour on the cards this December, Indian cricket would have high hopes of their next big thing. “I hope he succeeds because what India at the moment is looking for is an opening pair. Shikhar Dhawan unfortunately despite being in red hot form in limited overs cricket is not quite amongst the runs in red ball cricket. With KL Rahul also looking to find his place, if both Rahul and Shaw combine well and get India off to a good start that will be half the problems solved. Because Australia will be different; the attack, pitch and conditions. But at least we will have taken a step forward.”last_img

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