Sourav Ganguly expects Prithvi Shaw to do well in Australia

Ganguly doesn't want Prithvi Shaw to be compared to Virender Sehwag.

Former Indian Cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian Cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by Prabhat Shetty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

18-year-old Prithvi Shaw caught everyone’s attention by scoring a century in his debut Test match. Shaw was so fluent that it didn’t seem as if he was playing his first international game. Rewarding the terrific show, the youngster was given the ‘Man of the Match’ for the game. Now, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has also backed him to do well in Australia.

India will be going ‘Down Under’ in about two months time from now. With the team failing to do well overseas this year, the Australia series will be a prestigious one for them. However, it will not be any easy and the players will have to fight hard. Prithvi Shaw could play a crucial role in the series if India are to do well.


Prithvi Shaw is a good backfoot player

Sourav Ganguly heaped praises on Prithvi Shaw. He loved Shaw’s temperament on the field and added that he played his first Test, which is a milestone in his career, just like any other game. Ganguly said that Prithvi Shaw thoroughly dominated the bowlers on his way to his maiden century.

“What stands out is the way he batted, big temperament. He dominated the bowlers on way to his hundred. Big game, first match, he just played the way he knew,” Ganguly said at the announcement of the fifth edition of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K running event to be held on December 16.

Ganguly further noted that playing the U19 World Cup is completely different from playing a Test match. He added that what he saw was very pleasing and noted that Prithvi Shaw would play for India for a very long time.

“It’s positivity, temperament, and attitude to batting which is fantastic. Playing the U-19 World Cup and playing a Test match for India is completely different. What I saw today was extremely pleasing to the eye and hopefully, he can play for India for a long long time. It’s still early days, he will have to go the distance going around the world. But congratulations to him and I thought he was absolutely marvellous.”

Being a solid back-foot player, Ganguly expects Shaw to be successful in Australia. “He will go to Australia in a couple of months. I am sure he will do well because he is a good back-foot player. You want to see young players doing well,” Ganguly said. The former skipper also asked the fans not to compare the youngster with Sehwag.

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