Prithvi Shaw and former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid had joined forces to help the country win the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2018. While Shaw was leading the side in the tournament, Dravid was the head coach of the team.
While the young opening batsman hasn’t looked apprehensive against some of the best bowlers, he admitted being a little scared of the current National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief.
During a chat with Cricbuzz, Shaw talked about his experience with Dravid. The 21-year-old revealed that the legendary batsman doesn’t force anyone to change their natural game and only comes in when mistakes are repeated.
“We toured together with sir (Dravid) before the (U19) world cup also. He never forced any player to be like him. He didn’t change anything in batting. Told me to stick to my natural game. He knew if I play the Powerplay overs, then it’s difficult to get me out,” he said.
“He mostly talked about the mental aspect, tactics, and how to approach a game. He never spoke much – just during meetings. Wanted us to enjoy the game. If we are repeating mistakes then only he’ll come and tell you about it,” he added.
Prithvi Shaw, who recently featured for Delhi Capitals in the now-postponed IPL 2021, also revealed that the Under-19 squad was slightly scared of Rahul Dravid while training, but the former Indian skipper was a relaxed personality out of the field.
“With Rahul sir, you have to be disciplined. We were a little scared of him. Off the field, he was quite friendly with us, used to join us for dinner, sitting with a legend like him was a dream come true. Every youngster dreams of that,” he asserted.
Several players from the U19 World Cup winning team, including Shaw, have gone on to play for the senior. The youngster said that Dravid knew about the process of the players, and he used to speak with each player individually to bring the best out of them.
“I am sure he’s also gone through the phases of U19 cricket. So he knew exactly what to get in from us during the tour. Used to speak with each player specifically,” Shaw stated.