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Prithvi Shaw feels consistency is the key for him

His recent knock of 123 runs off 155 balls against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy has earned him accolades from all over the cricketing world.

Prithvi Shaw celebrates his century
Prithvi Shaw celebrates his century. (Photo Source: Hindustan Times)

Prithvi Shaw seems to have a crystal clear thought process when it comes to his game even at such a young age. At only 17-years of age, Shaw has shot to fame owing to the display of his remarkable batting skills in the domestic circuit. The youngster feels that consistency is the key to success and looks to keep scoring runs on a regular basis.

Shaw has not only scored a century on his Ranji Trophy debut, but has also slammed a ton on his Duleep Trophy debut. His recent knock of 123 runs off 155 balls against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy has earned him accolades from all over the cricketing world. Earlier, he had become the leading run-scorer in the youth Tests against England, sporting an aggregate of 250 at an average of 62.50, comprising three fifties in four innings.

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Prithvi Shaw talks about his ongoing cricketing journey

In an interview to ESPNcricinfo, Shaw said, “The more consistent I am, the better it will be for me. There are people watching too, like the selectors, and it is important to be consistent. If you score a hundred in one game and then don’t do much in the next three or four matches, then that hundred doesn’t mean anything. I have learnt from many experienced players in the Mumbai team as well as the India A team how to be consistent. That helps a lot to ensure that I don’t get into bad form.” Commenting on his fitness regime, he added, “I think the more you practise batting, follow the drills, the better you get. All this, along with the fitness routines, have helped me in the last one year. I never used to do so much gym-work in the past, so this has been helpful. If your body remains fit, everything else becomes easy.”

Speaking about how much he’s imbibed from senior players, the young lad related, “Playing at the under-19 and India A levels, you get to learn a lot of things from the likes of Rahul [Dravid] sir. Then, playing in the Ranji Trophy becomes a little easier. Mumbai coach Sameer [Dighe] sir has also helped. The biggest difference at the Ranji Trophy level is that of the pace you face. You don’t get as many quick bowlers at the Under-19 level. You do find some, but they are not as experienced as the ones you face in the Ranji Trophy.”

Prithvi Shaw also admitted to having learnt a lot from playing against India’s prime spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin. “It was a good experience facing him. To watch an experienced bowler like him bowl on a flat wicket was [a learning process]. I didn’t have any specific plans, and was just looking to play him normally like I played other spinners. But, Ashwin is a very experienced player and he knew very well what this wicket would do,” he said.

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