Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra feels that young talented opener Prithvi Shaw should not have been benched after a poor outing in just two innings in Australia. Shaw had been dismissed for low scored in both the outings in Australia and since Shubman Gill was in good form, the management decided to replace Shaw with Gill for the remainder of the series.
Nehra also reckoned that the decision to drop Shaw on the basis of just two innings was harsh. India played their first pink-ball Test overseas and Shaw got out for a duck in the first innings and in the second innings, win which India were bundled for a mere 36, Shaw scored 4 runs.
He was dismissed by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins and interestingly, he was bowled on both the occasion and his big gap between bat and pad came into the limelight. “As far as technique is concerned, for any player it is difficult to adjust. Even during the Adelaide Test, he wasn’t a player who had a lot of experience or played 30-40 Test matches. We were talking about a youngster. To drop him on the basis of one Test match was tough,” Nehra told Cricbuzz.
“It’s one thing that India went on to win the series but even then, I felt that he shouldn’t have been benched after one Test match. Even during last year’s IPL, I felt he shouldn’t have been dropped. He played a few good innings but couldn’t score runs,” he added.
Shaw made a comeback in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored 827 runs in just 8 matches. He continued his purple patch in IPL 2021, where he scored 308 runs in 8 matches.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a huge squad for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) Final and five-match Test series against England. The board named a 20-member squad which will travel to England on June 2 and will first play the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand from June 18 and will then stay in England for 40 days before playing the Test series.
In the squad, there were a few surprising omissions. Firstly, the axing of talented opener Prithvi Shaw, and reports reveal that his name wasn’t even discussed in the selection meeting and then the omission of India’s swing king Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, which thought to be due to his injuries and keeping him fresh for the mega T20 World Cup later.