‘There is nothing to lose’ – Wasim Jaffer has a piece of advice for Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw ahead of Hamilton ODI

Jaffer has become the first batsman with 12,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy.

Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal
Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

After the dominating 5-0 whitewash in the T20Is, Team India is all set for the three-match ODI series. The opening encounter is scheduled to get underway on Wednesday, February 5 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. It’s the same venue where India got bowled out for 92 the last time they played here. Going into the game, the Men in Blue would be missing out on a number of their big names.

Two of them are Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. It means that India won’t be having their key openers. Ahead of the first match, Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, has confirmed Shaw’s participation as an opener. Virat also said that KL Rahul will be persisted with at number five itself. Even as Shaw is set for a debut, there also a fair amount of chance for Mayank Agarwal to play the contest.


A tough challenge for Shaw and Agarwal

Agarwal has been a revelation in Test cricket, but is yet to get a go in limited-overs cricket. Agarwal was picked for the New Zealand ODIs after Rohit tweaked his calf in the fifth T20I in Mount Maunganui. Shaw, on the other hand, took giant strides in the sport and went to make his India debut in the home Test series against the West Indies in October 2018. He scored a century in his very first game.

Adding cherry on the cake, he was the Player of the Series, as well. But injuries and some controversies threatened to turn detrimental. However, he made a strong comeback and staked his claim back into the national team. In the meantime, domestic veteran Wasim Jaffer, wished Shaw and Agarwal.

Jaffer is going great guns even at the age of 41. He recently became the first batter with 12,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy in Vidarbha’s match against Kerala. Jaffer wants the duo to go in with a ‘nothing to lose’ approach.

He took to Twitter and wrote, “Good luck to @PrithviShaw and @mayankcricket, as they look likely to open the innings Vs New Zealand tomorrow. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain the way I look at it. Every crisis is an opportunity. And don’t take the foot off. Good luck boys @BCCI #nzvind,”

Here is Wasim Jaffer’s tweet