Former Team India cricketer Saba Karim has picked Delhi Capitals youngster Prithvi Shaw has impressed the most in the truncated IPL 2021. Meanwhile, the tournament was postponed midway in the wake of a couple of COVID19 positive cases among the players and support staffs and a potential bio-bubble breach during the 14th edition of IPL.
Prithvi batted with complete swag and confidence and held the fort for Delhi Capitals. The right-handed batter smacked 308 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 166.49, before the event came to a halt. The young batter from Mumbai came to the IPL sphere on the back of the superlative form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he finished as the highest run-scorer. He scored over 800 runs at a staggering average of over 165 and an impressive strike rate.
Prithvi Shaw impressed me the most – Saba Karim
Delhi Capitals lost only 2 of their 8 matches, and in those Shaw had scores of 2 and 21, making his contributions in other games resembling the form of the Capitals. Saba Karim hailed the youngsters’ “brilliant turnaround” after being dropped from the Indian Test side following scores of 0 and 4 against Australia.
“If we talk about one player, Prithvi Shaw is the young Indian batsman who impressed me the most because we have seen a brilliant turnaround. The impactful knocks Prithvi Shaw has played along with Shikhar Dhawan, because of that only Delhi Capitals are in such a strong situation,” Saba Karim said during a discussion on India News.
“Prithvi Shaw has contributed in every match, and the biggest thing is that the consistency we have seen in his batting is the result of hard work and his strong temperament, and it shows how much effort the youngster has put in to come back in good form,” he added.
Indian management to face selection dilemma
Adding further, Saba Karim, who played a solitary Test and 34 ODIs, reckons this comeback will help the 21-year-old Shaw a lot going forward in his career. The management will face a lot of selection dilemma ahead of the ICC World Test Championship with Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, and KL Rahul racing for one spot to open alongside Rohit Sharma.
“One more thing is that he has worked a lot on his fitness. When he was left out of the national team after the Australia tour, he was extremely dejected, but he did not lose hope. He worked with the coach on his temperament and technique.
“The way he batted in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, captained the team and helped his team win, it shows how strong-willed he is as a player. He has always been a talented player, but this comeback will help him in his cricket career, and Indian cricket is also going to gain a lot from that,” the 53-year-old asserted.