Former Australia World Cup winning captain Michael Clarke has saved a special appreciation for one of the foregoing players, and that one man is Prithvi Shaw. Shaw made his debut for India against West Indies. Clarke belives in Shaw and hopes the Indian team management continues to back Shaw, and linked the India youngster to the great Virender Sehwag.
“He is a terrific player like Sehwag. Sehwag was a genius, who took the game forward. For someone like me, I love that brand of cricket. That aggressive batsman at the top of the order. That’s why Sehwag was one of my favourite players. I would like see India keep faith in him, a player like Prithvi Shaw, knowing he is young,” Clarke spoke in the documentary ‘Down Underdogs’ on Sony Ten.
Michael Clarke remembered Shaw’s outings in Australia, where he was dismissed for 0 and 2 in the day-night Test in Adelaide and felts it was unjust to have huge expectations from the youngster. Shaw was the part of the India Under-19 squad that won the youth Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. He also became one of the youngest player to score a century on Duleep Trophy Debut.
“It was very hard to have too much expectations from Prithvi Shaw. He needed more time. It was his first opportunity in Australia. You want to give him every change to see how he goes but unfortunately, he missed out in that Test match in Adelaide. It was his first tour of Australia, and I have no doubt he will come good,” Clarke pointed out.
Shaw is one of the youngest Indian to become Test centurion on debut, and just the second-youngest Test centurion for India after Sachin Tendulkar.