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Dravid Asked Us to Play Our Natural Game in England: Prithvi Shaw

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 18, 2018, 5:32 PM IST

Prithvi Shaw is one of Indian cricket’s brightest young talents and he is in the middle of a purple patch. Shaw, currently on tour with the India A side in England, put in yet another commendable performance against the ECB XI in a tour match. The U-19 World Cup winning captain scored 70 from 61 balls and created the perfect platform for his team to power on to a total of 328 for the loss of eight wickets.

“The focus right now is to continue the good work in the upcoming ODIs that we will be playing on this tour,” Shaw told ESPNCricinfo after India A beat the ECB XI by a whopping 126 runs at Emerald Headingley in the first game.

Shaw, who is being mentored by the Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid with the India A side and was under the tutelage of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting at the Delhi Daredevils says both the legends have given players like him a chance to stick to their strengths.

“There aren’t too many technical conversations with Rahul Sir, but he does talk a lot about working on the mental side of the game."

“Both Rahul sir and Ricky Ponting never allow negative vibes in the camp even it is at practice,” the Mumbai batsman added.

This crucial tour of England will definitely help the youngster improve his game as he will have his task cut out in conditions that are more challenging from that back home. Shaw though isn’t worried as his mentor has given him enough advice.

“Rahul sir has told us to play our natural game on this tour. It is important we understand the conditions well also and play close to the body if we want to do well over here,” Shaw pointed out.

When quizzed about his hopes of making it to the Indian team for the upcoming ICC World Cup in England in 2019, Shaw was quick to play down any chances of premature expectations.
“My job will be to keep scoring runs and stay focused continuously,” he signed off.

First Published: June 18, 2018, 5:03 PM IST
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