Dashing opener Prithvi Shaw is ready to don the India jersey again as he is recalled to the national set-up for the upcoming limited-overs matches – 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is – against Sri Lanka, starting July 13 in Colombo.
The icing on the cake for the 21-year-old would be that he will reunite with Rahul Dravid. Prithvi Shaw captained India to the under-19 World Cup win in 2018 under the coaching of Rahul Dravid, who is taking the head coach’s role for the Sri Lanka series as Ravi Shastri is in England with the Test squad.
Prithvi Shaw speaks about the enjoyment, while maintaining discipline, of playing under the legendary batsman and his “out of this world” advice over how to tackle different conditions and situations in the game.
“There is a different kind of mazaa (enjoyment) playing under Rahul sir. He was our India under-19 coach. The way he speaks, the way he shares his coaching experience, is just amazing.
“Whenever he talks about the game, it shows how much experience he brings to the table. He knows everything about cricket. The way he speaks on conditions and how to use them is just out of this world,” Prithvi Shaw told The Indian Express.
“As Rahul sir is there, one will expect discipline in the dressing room. I’m looking ahead to the practice sessions with Rahul sir because I love to speak to him for hours.”
This tour, I just have to grab the opportunity: Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the national side after the Adelaide Test last year. The right-hander went back to domestic cricket to gain form and confidence – and he did it in splendid fashion with a record-breaking Vijay Hazare Trophy season where he smashed 827 runs in 8 innings at a scarcely believable average of 165.4.
He then continued this supreme run of form during the first half of the IPL 2021 – the diminutive opener whacked 308 runs at a strike rate of 166.49, storming into India’s white-ball set-up for the Sri Lanka tour.
With this kind of form, Prithvi Shaw is most likely to open alongside his Delhi Capitals partner and the captain for the tour, Shikhar Dhawan. He wishes to make most of the opportunities against Sri Lanka, who are coming off a thrashing against England.
“This tour, I just have to grab the opportunity. I was desperate to get back into the Indian team. I have always kept the team above me. Be it India, Ranji Trophy team, club or my school team. I want to give my best,” the opener stated.