Mohammad Azharuddin has a word of healthy advise for Indian cricket on how to go about handling a bright young talent like Prithvi Shaw. He wants everyone to reserve their judgment on Shaw and be patient with the 18-year-old, despite his fantastic start at the highest level.
Prithvi Shaw gave an early example of his immense potential and showed why he belongs to the Test level. He exhibited his class and told everyone why he has always been rated as a child prodigy, through a dominating knock of 134 from just 154 balls.
It is the confidence and excellent temperament which stood out very early from Shaw and he simply raced his way through a magnificent first innings in International cricket.
Many around the world are already comparing him with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for various reasons but Azhar, who too is mighty impressed with Shaw, has said that we must wait for the young player to evolve from here on before passing any such comment.
"It’s just been one performance. He has done a great job by scoring his first Test hundred at the age of 18; it is not an easy task. But I think jumping to conclusion and comparing is also not right," he told Sportstar, "All the cricketers come from different eras, so it is very difficult to draw a comparison between them. Everyone is good in their respective eras,"
"He should play his natural game. When you play your natural game, you end up scoring more times than not scoring. He should back his technique and that is very important," Azhar added, "He might have failures down the line, but these are the things that happen to every cricketer, He should go out there and enjoy his game rather than bothering about all these things (comparisons)," and signed off.