Former Indian opener-turn-opener Aakash Chopra exercised his voice in favor of young swinger Prithvi Shaw As for the opening of the innings with Shikhar Dhawan in the upcoming series ODI and T20I against Sri Lanka.
Apart from Prithvi Shaw, Team India has two other opening options to choose from in the form of unlimited Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad, but given the form Shaw displayed this year, Chopra believed the 21-year-old was the ideal choice. .
After experiencing a horror season last year that he lost his place in the Indian Test team and his IPL franchise, Prithvi Shaw went on a rampage this year. He broke all sorts of records in the Vijay Hazare 50-over tournament in 2021 when he smashed a barely credible 827 runs in 8 games with a hit of 138.29 with 4 tons and this with excellent performances for DC in IPL 2020.
‘Prithvi Shaw, 2021 is actually his year. Because 2020 was a bit turbulent, he played tests and also left out. He was also dropped in the IPL. But since the start of 2021, he has started hitting the Vijay Hazare trophy and has not stopped since. “Aakash Chopra said on his official Youtube channel.
“He also had an amazing IPL. In T20s I feel that Prithvi Shaw will clinch the deal anyway, but who in ODIs? I think of Prithvi Shaw. I feel he should get an opportunity with Shikhar Dhawan, left-right batting combination. He added.
‘Prithvi Shaw gives you an option that is so enticing’ – Aakash Chopra
Given the destructive nature with which Prithvi Shaw bats, Aakash Chopra has begun to have such a ruthless batter at the top of the order is a mouth-watering option for every team.
“Prithvi Shaw offers you an option that is so enticing that it is mouth-watering. A player who is disruptive, who can come to be destructive, if you give such a player chances and if he uses them, what option do you have? ‘ he added.
However, Aakash Chopra has acknowledged that India currently has a plethora of opening options in the form of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and even Virat Kohli, and although Prithvi Shaw may not find a place in the T20 World Cup squad, one just has to forget for now and focus on seeing him bat in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
‘I’m not saying there’s a place upstairs. There’s Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli want to open up ourselves when we look at the World T20, but do not think about it. He [Shaw] allows you to play another cricket brand. Says Chopra.