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Shaw Dreams of World Cup Glory; Reminds Shastri of Sehwag, Tendulkar & Lara

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: October 15, 2018, 12:55 PM IST

India coach Ravi Shastri heaped praise on teenager Prithvi Shaw, saying he reminds him of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag.

"He (Shaw) is born to play cricket. He's been playing since the age of eight in the maidans of Mumbai. You can see all that hard work showing. He's a spectator's delight. There's a bit of Sachin there, a bit of Viru in him and when he walks - there's a bit of Lara as well. If he can keep his head on his shoulders and keep the work ethic, he has a bright future," said Shastri after the match.

The head coach also praised paceman Umesh Yadav, saying that he made the most of the opportunity given to him especially in the absence of Shardul Thakur.

"When you lose one fast bowler (Shardul Thakur went off in the first morning), you have another one who stands up and takes 10 wickets. It can be a frustrating profession when you sit on the bench like Umesh for 4 Tests. Only 11 can play. He got his opportunity here and I'm very happy for him. It's been done only four times (ten-for for a pacer in India). What this will do is make him believe that he belongs. He can say now that he wants his place. That's given us a headache. He was on target," added Shastri.

When asked about KL Rahul's form and the wicketkeeping conundrum facing team India, with Pant making the most of Saha's absence, Shastri said that 'current form' will be the criteria when Saha returns.

"I think (Rahul) will be fine. He's a world-class player. Sometimes he tries too hard. He works really hard on his game. Pant is another name. He got his opportunity, he grabbed it, now he has consolidated it," Shastri concluded.

Speaking in the post-match presentation, Kohli said the team didn't expect in the morning that the game would be over in three days.

"We didn't expect the game to finish in three days in the morning. West Indies played really well and getting 56 runs was a bonus after the situation we got ourselves into. At home where we understand the conditions very well, we know how to put the opposition under pressure. We were really good today and deserved to win."

The skipper also praised the youngsters for taking the opportunity,

"If you look at the three guys who've come in - Vihari in England, Prithvi getting the man-of-the-series was very special. Umesh deserves what he's achieved in this game. I am pleased to see how he's stepped up for us in the absence of Shami and after Shardul got injured. He keeps giving more than 100 per cent every time. We have a problem of plenty now, Umesh here, the three bowlers who played in England and it is a headache we have. But I am pleased to see these guys," added Kohli.

Speaking after the game, Kohli stressed on the importance of having a good back-up option in Umesh ahead of the Australian tour.

"I think it was a standout performance in his career and something that he can build on. Four Tests in Australia can be brutal because the (Kookaburra) ball does not do much like in England. So you have to come in and run in all day and hit the right area with pace. But I think from that point of view, Umesh is right up there to be featuring in Australia."

Kohli explained further saying, "Because he (Umesh) has got the pace, he has got the fitness levels to run in all day, picks up wickets at crucial times and he gets good bounce as well, so it's a great headache to have. Obviously, all four guys, when they are touching 140 and when they are taking wickets for you, it is obviously something that any captain would like to have. I thought with Shardul breaking down very early, to bowl like that in both innings was a great effort on his part. It showed the kind of fitness levels he had, to keep running in and bowl 140 clicks throughout the game and picking wickets and not just completing overs"

Umesh has had stiff competition in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah but thought Umesh had something different to offer. "Not many people realise but he is a very, very talented bowler. He can bowl you unplayable deliveries every now and then which we experience in the nets all the time. He will just bowl a ball which you feel you couldn't have done anything else except getting out. He is gaining more confidence about his own game. He has come a long way. It's a great sign. Bowling is something that we need to keep as a major strength for us in order to feel that we have a chance to win series when we travel away from home as well. I think these guys (Umesh, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Ishant Sharma) are taking responsibility well."

West Indies skipper Jason Holder cut a disappointed figure and said that the team needs to apply themselves when it comes to batting.

"A little disappointed with the batting. We fought our way back nicely after the first Test. In hindsight, we probably would've gone with an extra seamer. It didn't spin as much as we thought. I think that's the thing - we need to apply ourselves more in batting. We need to give ourselves time," said Holder.

Umesh Yadav picked 10/133 and was named Man-of-the-Match,

"First of all I would like to thank my teammates for their support. I knew that I was the only fast bowler playing. I just kept going for wickets and kept trying my best. We are enjoying each other's company; it is very healthy competition, playing for each other and for the team." he said.

Teenager Prithvi Shaw was named Man of the Series, scoring 237 runs at an average of 118.50.

"It was a happy moment for me and finishing the game for India means a lot for me. It is my first series, winning 2-0 and winning the Man of the Series makes it all the more special. My dream is to keep winning the matches for India and also the World Cup," he said.

First Published: October 15, 2018, 8:27 AM IST
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