Rahul Dravid’s New Zealand tips helped tilt U-19 World Cup run: Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw, skipper of India’s victorious ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup team, said coach Rahul Dravid’s understanding of local conditions proved critical for the team’s success.Updated: Feb 15, 2018 22:25 IST
India U-19 World Cup-winning captain Prithvi Shaw said coach Rahul Dravid’s suggestion to restrict players to one junior tournament will help the younger lot seeking exposure.
“It all boils down to the ICC (International Cricket Council) ruling on the same. But for me, it’s okay to play one year in the Indian U-19 team. All those youngsters who have been working hard also need an opportunity. So, it will be a good decision whenever it is taken,” Shaw told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai.
Former India skipper Rahul Dravid, who took over the junior and India A teams in 2015, guided the U-19 side with a win over Australia in the final in New Zealand on February 4.
The batting great wants upcoming players to take the first-class route for a spot in the India team and sees the U-19 World Cup as only a development opportunity for them and Indian cricket.
Shaw made an instant impression as top-order batsman with the senior Mumbai side before the World Cup, and joined the team in Chennai for the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-dayers on returning from New Zealand.
Shaw opened in all but one of India’s six matches in the World Cup. For Mumbai, the 18-year-old has been shifted to No 3. “When you open the batting, it’s slightly trickier. You have to read the situation and wicket. But at No 3 you already know what is happening out there in terms of ball movement. So, it’s slightly simpler to come in after.”
Shaw nodded when asked if he preferred to open.
Shaw revealed how Rahul Dravid’s playing experience in New Zealand helped in the successful U-19 World Cup campaign. Dravid was successful in New Zealand, where the fickle weather and seam movement can make life difficult for sub-continent batsmen. He aggregated 766 runs at an average of 63.83 in seven Tests in three tours. He played 12 ODIs in the country, scoring one century and two fifties.
“It has been great working with him over the last two years and through this World Cup journey as well,” Prithvi Shaw said. “He is The Wall after all, and has played in New Zealand so many times and got hundreds there. So, we had the opportunity to ask him about the weather conditions and the wickets. He shared his playing experiences from there and because of those small things we could pick up from that, we got the World Cup.”
Shaw, whose performances in Mumbai’s domestic circuit and at the World Cup earned him a Rs.1.2 crore bid by Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, sees it as a learning curve.
“For me, it will be a matter of experience. Spending one or two months around international players and the coach himself – Ricky Ponting – will be great. I have to see how much I can get out of it to put through in my game. It’s going to be fun.”
First Published: Feb 15, 2018 22:17 IST