With his faulty technique, Prithvi Shaw was set to fail in Australian conditions said former Aussie cricketer Tom Moody. Shaw was out for duck and 4 in the two innings of the Adelaide Pink-Ball test. He will be most likely dropped in the second test with India having options to choose from between KL Rahul and Shubman Gill. The youngster’s defense was breached twice in identical fashion in the two innings by the Australian bowlers exposing the weakness in his technique.
Meanwhile, Tom Moody was very vocal while criticising Shaw’s technique. Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Moody said that the selectors should not have picked the youngster for the Australia series.
Prithvi Shaw Was Set to Fail in Australia: Tom Moody
“Prithvi Shaw is not the one that has failed here, the selectors have failed. He shouldn’t have gotten picked to begin with knowing that he’s coming into this Test series out of form and also with the technical flaws that have been exposed over a dozen balls. So to me he was set up to fail in a way,” Moody told ESPNCricinfo.
Shubman Gill Should Have Started For India: Tom Moody
Moody further said that India should have started with Shubman Gill for the first test inn Adelaide. He said that Gill has a better technique than Shaw which is something that the selectors should have taken into consideration.
“For me, Shubman Gill should have been the person to play to begin with. His technique is a lot more watertight and he’s shown that he’s got a wonderful temperament. I’m not saying that Prithvi Shaw is not going to make a good Test cricketer. He’s got a huge future in front of him. But at the moment it’s not so much his fault. I think the decision to play him was wrong.”
Apart from his failures with the bat, Shaw dropped the catch of Marnus Labuschagne who was batting on 21. Although as per Moody, Gill should be the one to come in for Shaw for the second Test at the MCG starting December 26, it could well be a tough call for the selectors to make.
Shaw got out for a second-ball duck in the first innings, and could manage only four runs in the second. Both times, Shaw played on – first to Mitchell Starc and later to Pat Cummins.