Prithvi Shaw was included in the squad for the ODI and the Test series against New Zealand in February. It was a great opportunity for the young batsman to showcase his talent but Shaw never seemed quite in the groove throughout the series. Kiwi pacers, Trent Boult and Tim Southee exposed the chinks in Prithvi Shaw’s armor.
Shaw struggled a lot against the short balls as he has a big back-lift which leads to bat face to be closed by the time the delivery reaches to him. Although the experts were quick to point out the fault in Shaw’s techniques, Indian skipper backed the young batsman and said that it’s not fair to judge a young batsman playing away from home at such a huge level after a few mistakes. The skipper seemed assured that Shaw will naturally figure it out owing to his natural stroke playing skills. But the young talent was not the only one to struggle against the Kiwi attack. Other big names in the Indian batting lineup also struggled and failed to gauge the nature of the pitch.
Delhi Capitals will play their first match on the second day of the 2020 IPL Schedule against Kings XI Punjab. This will be Shaw’s third season for the team from the national capital. He has played a total of 25 matches for the team and scored 598 runs with a strike rate of 141. Although his recent form has not been good, it doesn’t seem that it will affect his performance in the IPL.
India will host the South Africans for a three-match ODI series from 12 March to 18 March 2020. The 15-man squad for the series was announced by the BCCI on 8 March 2020. Prithvi Shaw has been picked up in the squad. This selection will help him with his confidence as he is getting the backing of the selectors as well as the skipper. This series will be a good chance for Shaw to find his form and get going before the IPL starts. Rohit Sharma’s absence in the series may provide Shaw with a chance to open the innings for the national side against the Proteas.
Delhi Capitals finished third in the 2019 season of the IPL. This time around, they will be looking to finish in the top two of the IPL Points Table to make their path to the final and eventually to the trophy a bit simple. Delhi Capitals looks strong in the batting department with the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh PAnt and Prithvi Shaw. This year’s IPl is also going to be crucial for a lot of players as it will be a major chance for the players to show their case for the selection for the 2020 ICC Twenty20 World Cup. A good showing in the ODI series followed by a good haul of runs in the IPL can somewhat guarantee a place for Prithvi Shaw in the upcoming World Cup. But it ain’t going easy for the batsman from the Bombay school of cricket. A lot of talented players are going to be fighting for a select few spots and it will be interesting to see how players perform over the whole span of the tournament.