Prithvi Shaw credits coach Ricky Ponting for IPL 2018 success
Prithvi Shaw said that he is humbled by the comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar and attributed his success in the IPL 2018 to Delhi Daredevils coach Ricky Pontingcricket Updated: May 22, 2018 21:43 IST
Prithvi Shaw has been on a roll this year. After leading India U-19 team to World Cup glory in Australia, he made heads turn with his scintillating stroke plays while playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Despite it being his first IPL season, the 18-year-old showed no signs of nerves and batted with gay abandon taking some of the top international bowlers, including Mitchell Johnson, to cleaners. Shaw has now revealed how Daredevils coach and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting played a stellar role in shaping his success in the cash-rich league.
“Ponting was a big inspiration. He was really ruling all of us, not in a literal sense, but in a good way. The advice that he gave me was to just enjoy your game. When I made my IPL debut, I was nervous. Though this wasn’t the first time I was playing in a match which was being telecast live, but to have 40,000 people in stadium around me and all the cameras focused on me made me nervous. However, after hearing Ponting’s positive words, I did well and enjoyed myself,” he said while interacting with kids during an event.
Terming his IPL experience the best opportunity of his career, Shaw said that he came out of it matured and ready to face bigger challenges.
“IPL is a different experience. When you play for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, you face the same bowler next year. But in the IPL, you face bowlers of different calibre. You face the likes of Mitchell Johnson. You see an international batsman like AB de Villiers. It was the best opportunity that I could’ve thought of.
“What I have learned from the IPL is that in your life, you will face some difficult situations and you’ve to get out of them on your own. When 40,000 people are shouting (in a stadium), the coach can’t tell you what to do. You’ve to do it on your own. That maturity, which I wasn’t having, those things I’ve got now,” he said.
Shaw, who first shot to the limelight as a 14-year-old when he scored 546 off 330 balls in the Harris Shield, has been since compared with fellow Mumbai player and cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, who had a similar success at school level before making it big in international cricket. Recently, former Australian opener, Mark Waugh, also compared the teenager’s batting to that of the little master.
Shaw, however, went on to dismiss those comparisons saying he had a long way to go before matching master blaster’s standard.
“Obviously, it feels good. But, I can’t compare myself to Tendulkar, because he has already finished his 25 years of international career and scored 100 hundreds. I’ve not even stepped in international cricket. However, getting praise from Mark (Waugh) sir means a lot. I hope to make his words come true and keep scoring runs,” he said.
Shaw, who has been named in India ‘A’ squads for England tour, is looking forward to the challenge and believes he will be able to do well under the guidance of Rahul Dravid
“This will be the sixth or seventh time I’m going to England. I’m ready for it. Obviously when we go there, the conditions are going to be different. It’s not going to be easy. Even if I would have played there for three-four years, it wouldn’t have been easy. So, it’s going to be difficult now as well. But a little bit of adjustment is needed. I need to plan for it,” he said.
“How I bat is completely different from how Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer bat. So, it will be about individual movement and adjustment at the crease. I’m matured now to understand these things and of course Rahul sir will be there to help us with his 20 years of international experience,” he said.
Shaw drew some flak for getting run out in a careless manner during his final IPL match for Delhi against Mumbai Indians. He, though, brushed it aside saying these things happen. “I thought that the ball was further than it actually was from stumps. Ponting sir told me that those kind of mistakes happen.”