Delhi Capitals (DC) youngster Prithvi Shaw had a disastrous season in IPL 2020. The right-handed batsman scored only 228 runs in 13 matches at a disappointing average of 17.53. Shaw’s struggles continued when he played for India against Australia. However, his fortunes changed when he returned to the domestic circuit and smashed 827 runs with 4 centuries in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021. Ahead of a crucial IPL season, DC coach Ricky Ponting has revealed a really interesting story about the youngster.
When Shaw is not scoring runs, he won’t bat: Ponting
The 46-year-old opened up on the exciting cricketer Prithvi Shaw and told that he has really enjoyed working with him over the last two years. In a conversation with cricket.com.au, Ponting said that he has been trying to find out the right way to coach him in order to get the best out of the youngster. Reflecting on the same, the Aussie coach revealed a very fascinating story about the youngster. Ponting said, “He (Shaw) had an interesting theory last year, – when he’s not scoring runs, he won’t bat, and when he is scoring runs, he wants to keep batting all the time.”
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) April 5, 2021
The DC coach added that he told the youngster to work on his batting in the nets when he had registered scores of under 10 for 4-5 games. However, Shaw adamantly looked in Ponting’s eye and said, “No, I am not batting today,” much to the disbelief of the Aussie.
DC coach believes that Prithvi could be a superstar player
Ricky Ponting went on to say that the Delhi Capitals’ opener might have changed since the last year. The 46-year-old added that he believes Shaw has done a lot of work over the last few months and hoped that he would have changed his theory now. Ponting wants Shaw to have a breakthrough season in IPL 2021 as he said, “If we can get the best out of him, he could be a superstar player.”
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 5, 2021
It will be grueling to see if the Aussie legend can help the 21-year-old Indian unleash his full potential in the upcoming season of IPL. Delhi Capitals open their campaign under their new leader Rishabh Pant on April 10 against Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.