Prithvi Shaw has been the latest kid on the blocks who has been turning heads right from his U19 World Cup campaign, to his stint for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, to finally the India A where he recently scored a hundred against South Africa A.
Rahul Dravid has been a mentor to youngsters with potential in India, and has dedicated his career to guiding them to be proper representatives of their country. Dravid who currently trains the U19 India team as well as the India A squad has had a major influence on Shaw’s technique and rise in performance. Shaw recently spoke about how the fromer Indian captain helped him to embrace his natural game , “In the practice sessions, I tried to get my back-foot back and across, but it didn’t work for me. So Rahul sir said that it was not necessary for me to make the change.
I know that it’s a mistake to not get my back-leg in line with the ball, but since I’m scoring good runs, Rahul sir asked me to stick to what I'm comfortable with," he said.
Shaw, who made a fine 136 for India A against South Africa A on Sunday, added, “Rahul sir talks to me about the mentality you need to score big, and to score consistently. I try to follow his advice.”
The 18 year old also spoke about how interacting with Murli Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane provided him the perfect platform to learn from his seniors. “Having Vijay and Rahane was great. I watched how they batted in the nets, how they plan their knocks, and how they focus on the ball. I talked to them about various aspects of cricket and learnt a lot from them,” Shaw said.
On Mayank Agarwal's brilliant unbeaten 220, Shaw said, "It's one of the best innings I’ve seen him play. I want him to carry on and score even more tomorrow (Monday)."
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