It was the worst possible start for Prithvi Shaw in the Pink-Ball test as he was dismissed for a duck in just the second ball of the day. Thus he failed to live up to the expectations which were built on him before the game. Meanwhile, former Australian coach Ricky Ponting, who saw Shaw closely in the IPL with Delhi Capitals, explained a big weakness in his game, just before the ball in which he was dismissed.
Ponting spoke about Shaw’s weakness of playing close to the body which is why there is a gap between the bat and pad. He made the revelation for Channel 7 during his commentary stint from Adelaide. Prithvi Shaw was out for a second-ball duck leaving India in deep trouble after the visitors opted to bat first in the pink-ball contest in Adelaide.
Ricky Ponting Decodes Prithvi Shaw’s Weakness
“If he does have a chink in his armour it’s the ball which does come back into him,” Ponting said after Shaw defended Starc’s first ball, which was pitched on a good length and went on with the angle.
“He’s very comfortable playing the ball away from his body. He does get his head in line with the ball but he doesn’t commit his front foot to the line of the ball and quite often leaves a big gap between bat and pad and that’s where the Aussies will target,” Ponting said even as Starc started his run-up for the second ball.
Mitchell Starc bowled the delivery a bit fuller, which came in with the angle after pitching and Shaw’s weakness was exposed. The ball went in between his bat and pad castling the stumps. This was Shaw’s first duck in Test cricket while it was the 40th time when Starc has got a batsman out for a duck.
"If he does have a chink in his armour it's the ball which does come back into him…
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Ricky Ponting knowing Shaw’s game inside out does not come as a surprise having watched him play for Delhi Capitals in the IPL He also spoke about Shaw’s change inn technique and the effect of it on his game as well.
Meanwhile, India are batting first after winning the toss in the Pink-Ball test in Adelaide. “It looks like a nice wicket, nice and hard,” Kohli said after winning the toss.