When I was 18, I wasn’t as powerful as Prithvi Shaw: Brian Lara
Lara feels that since he was a right-hander, the 18-year-old has more similarities with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.
Updated - Oct 17, 2018 6:33 pm
The whole cricketing universe was in awe watching the young and talented Prithvi Shaw bat. The 18-year-old was also awarded the Man of the Series in the Test series against Windies. There were praises for him from all corners, those who were impressed included the greats like Sachin Tendulkar. His special batting display also led to comparisons being drawn between him and the legend Brian Lara.
In an interview, Lara spoke about the recently concluded India – West Indies series. He quashed all the comparisons between him and Shaw. The former Windies captain felt that since he was a right-hander, the 18-year-old has more similarities with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. He highly praised Shaw for his recent exploits and expected him to grow more with time.
When I was 18, I wasn’t as powerful as Shaw
Prithvi Shaw scored a century and a half century in his debut series. Lara minced no words in saying that he wasn’t close to Shaw at the same age. While he mentioned that his was a completely different era, Lara added that the youngster is a great striker of the ball.
“First of all, Prithvi is a right-hander and he is more of a mix of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. I remember when I was 18, I was not as powerful as he is. Also, the way we were accustomed to bat was very different back in those days. Prithvi strikes the ball very well and looks a very good player, very solid,” he was quoted as saying by DNA.
Shaw has a great appetite to learn
Lara continued to shower praises on the youngster. The U19 World Cup winning captain has elevated to higher levels in a really short time. The Windies legend described Shaw as someone who had an immense hunger to learn. He was confident to watch him improve even more as time passes.
“I see Prithvi as somebody who has a great love and passion for the game. I see in him a great appetite to learn and that is the most important thing as no matter how much talent you possess, you must keep learning and he has that humbleness. I know he will keep improving.” Lara said in the interview.