Prithvi Shaw looked me in the eyes & said 'No, I'm not batting': Ricky Ponting reveals when Indian batsman refused to bat in DC nets

Prithvi Shaw looked me in the eyes & said ‘No, I’m not batting’: Ricky Ponting reveals when Indian batsman refused to bat in DC nets

Prithvi Shaw managed only 228 runs in 13 games for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020.
Prithvi Shaw Ricky Ponting

Prithvi Shaw, the right-handed Indian batsman is looked down on as one of the upcoming stars of Indian cricket. He was on fire in this year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after a horrendous outing to Australia. Now, he is gearing up for the upcoming season of IPL 2021 with the Delhi Capitals. Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting, DC’s head coach has revealed a strange story from the previous IPL season related to Prithvi Shaw.

IPL 2020 didn’t come with much success for Prithvi Shaw. he poorly failed to perform with the bat except for his demolishing knock 66 runs. Throughout the season he managed only a couple of fifties and that too in the first half of the tournament. And, a sudden dip in the form forced him out of the team.

Prithvi Shaw Said He Will Not Bat In The Nets: Ricky Ponting Reveals Interesting Story About Indian Youngster

Prithvi Shaw

However, Prithvi Shaw will be expecting a good season ahead that can open the national team doors for the youngster. Meanwhile, in an interview, Ricky Ponting, DC head coach has revealed a strange story about Prithvi Shaw from the previous season. He said that the young Indian batsman had a theory that if he is not scoring runs then he will not bat in the nets and vice-versa.

The former Aussie skipper added that after having four-five bad games he asked Prithvi Shaw to practice in the nets. But, later told him that he will not bat in the nets. As per him, the youngster has seen some bad days in the recent past and he would have sidelined that his theory of not batting in the nets until he starts scoring runs.

He [Prithvi Shaw] had an interesting theory on his batting last year – when he’s not scoring runs, he won’t bat, and when he is scoring runs, he wants to keep batting all the time,” Ponting said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

“He had four or five games where he made under 10 and I’m telling him, ‘We have to go to the nets and work out (what’s wrong)’, and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I’m not batting today’. I couldn’t really work that out.

“He might have changed. I know he’s done a lot of work over the last few months, that theory that he had might have changed, and hopefully, it has, because if we can get the best out of him, he could be a superstar player,” he added.

“Basically telling him, ‘Mate you’ve got to get in the nets. Whatever you think you’re working on, is not working for you. It’s my job as a coach to challenge someone’s preparation if they’re not getting results.

Ricky Ponting asserted that Prithvi Shaw stuck by his words till the end of the season due to which he finished with not many runs under his belt.

“So, I challenged him and he stuck to his word and he didn’t practice much at all towards the back-end of the tournament, and didn’t get many runs towards the back-end of the tournament either.”

Jasvinder Singh
I am Jasvinder Singh, a content specialist editor at Kheltalk, who is a sports enthusiast. I try to cover every cricket game being played on the planet. For me, sports is not limited to just writing but also playing it on the field as well.
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