Prithvi Shaw was in good touch in the recently concluded ODI series between Sri Lanka and India. He is one of the talented Indian cricketers in international cricket at the moment. The right-handed batsman was dropped from Team India after his failures in the Test series in Australia. However, he made a strong comeback and scored heavily in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the first leg of the Indian Premier League 2021. He was included in the team for the ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka. The young star made his performance count in the ODI games against the hosts.
Shaw is often compared with the likes of Virender Sehwag and the legendary Vivian Richards. Former Pakistan opener Salma Butt feels that Shaw will have to score consistently if he wants to join the list of 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,” Butt said on his Youtube channel.
“Look at the gap between Richards and Sehwag’s careers. It took nearly 10-15 years after Richards for the cricket world to see a player with a similar attacking mindset in Sehwag. Richards scored 180 in England at a time when 225 was considered a good ODI total. Sehwag scored two triple hundreds in Test cricket and averaged over 50 for most of his career. Just by playing like them, one cannot become a Sehwag or a Richards. You have to put up that kind of a performance,” he added.