AUS v IND 2020-21: Ajay Jadeja backs Prithvi Shaw for second Test in MCG despite Adelaide flop show

Shaw could only manage overall four runs in the first Test against Australia.

Prithvi Shaw | GETTY

India opener Prithvi Shaw failed in both the innings of the first Test. He was dismissed early on 0 and 4 in the pink-ball Test which India lost by 8 wickets.

Shaw was bowled in both the innings and the dismissals looked very similar to each other. Although many feel it's time to replace Prithvi with Shubman Gill, former India batsman Ajay Jadeja wants the team management to continue to show confidence in Shaw.

“I believe you got to stick with what you believe in. This half an hour shouldn’t change that. You have to keep more knockout players and not role-players because role players provide you with certain roles and when everyone together don’t do that, you’ve got a bit of a problem. But when you have knockout players in your side, one is good enough to win you matches,” Jadeja said in the post-match show on Sony Sports Network.

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Jadeja wants India to go with Shaw in the boxing-day Test match without reading too much into his first Test performance.

"You played Prithvi Shaw in the first game knowing he did not had a great run in the warm-up games, did not have a great IPL. So I believe you went with him looking at the future. A couple of innings shouldn’t change that,” he said.

Shaw's mode of dismissals which lacked footwork has brought him under discussion. Jadeja doesn't want the dismissals to change people's thoughts on the youngster who scored a hundred on Test debut.

“The technique that everybody else is talking about has been similar with which he got that hundred. There’s nothing new that we’ve seen so how can two innings change that thought process? When you’re looking at a 21-yr-old and playing him ahead of Rahul at the start, a couple of innings shouldn’t change that,” Jadeja said.

(With Sony Sports Network Inputs)


By Sihyeu Singh - 20 Dec, 2020

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