Former Team India cricketer has showered praise on young batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw ahead of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The Men in Blue play a three-match ODI series against the Islanders followed by as many T20Is.
Shaw comes back to the Indian side on the back of the swashbuckling form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy followed by the IPL 2021, which has now been suspended due to the COVID scare. Ahead of the series, in a free-wheeling chat with ANI, Mohammad Kaif spoke about the hope he has from Shaw.
The former India batter, who has seen Prithvi Shaw from close quarters in the Delhi Capitals camp, said that the batsmen from Mumbai can make a case for himself for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Prithvi Shaw playing some classy shots in 2nd Intra squad match.
— Shawstopper (@king_shaw100) July 8, 2021
“Prithvi Shaw showed good form in the IPL, every big player has a test, when you have that form, the challenge is to make full use of that form,” Mohammad Kaif said. “Shaw had a good domestic season and IPL, if he plays well in Sri Lanka and the remaining matches of the IPL, then he can make a case for himself to be included in the T20 World Cup squad.
“There is competition, Prithvi needs to play big knocks. I have no doubt that Shaw has the ability to play well and if he plays well, then he makes sure that his team ends on the right side of the result. Prithvi Shaw plays impactful knocks, we have to see how he plays in Sri Lanka,” he added.
Prithvi Shaw scored over 800 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy
Prithvi Shaw scored over 800 runs at a staggering average of over 165 and an impressive strike rate to guide Mumbai to the Vijay Hazare Trophy title. He continued his brilliant form in the IPL, where he smacked 308 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 166.49, before the event came to a halt.
Prithvi will hope to continue to brilliant run with the bat in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.