Prithvi Shaw: Expectations are a challenge for me

Aug 06, 2018, 12:45 IST | A Correspondent

By now, the Mumbaikar, 18, might be familiar with that massive level of expectation on him. But for Shaw, it has a motivational effect on him rather than hanging around him like a millstone

Prithvi Shaw: Expectations are a challenge for me
India 'A' batsman Prithvi Shaw (right) and Mayank Agarwal during their 277-run stand v South Africa 'A' in B'lore yesterday. Pic/PTI

Prithvi Shaw gave us another peek into his immense talent while making a 136 for India 'A' against the South Africa 'A' here yesterday. It immediately sparked an online discussion about the need to have Shaw in the Indian team currently touring England. By now, the Mumbaikar, 18, might be familiar with that massive level of expectation on him. But for Shaw, it has a motivational effect on him rather than hanging around him like a millstone.

"People's expectations are a challenge for me. People will say Prithvi has scored a 50 and now he should score 100. If you want to play for national team you need to have that consistency, score hundreds. So I don't really worry about what outside people are saying as I try to focus on every game that I play," said Prithvi, who combined with Mayank Agarwal (220*) to take India 'A' to 411 for two at close on day two of the four-day game.

Shaw's batting which has layers of aggression is bit of an anti-thesis to the concept of Mumbai school of batting — solid, technically perfect and no-frills attached. But he does not mind being an anomaly. "I started my career as an attacking player, even from the school level. I love hitting the ball. So, I am continuing it whichever level I play — Under-19, India 'A', Ranji Trophy. This method is paying off for me and I don't want to change my game by going slow," he said.

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