IND v WI 2018: We should not drag Prithvi Shaw into any comparisons, feels Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev impressed the way Prithvi Shaw batted in Rajkot.

Prithvi Shaw started off his Test career with a century in Rajkot | AFP

India should be careful and not put too much pressure on Prithvi Shaw, it was words of Kapil Dev, the former Indian captain, when he was asked about the latest batting sensation of the country.

For the past few days, the 18-year-old has remained the most discussed topic among Indian cricketing greats since he smacked century on his Test debut against the West Indies in Rajkot last week and has been compared with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

But legendary all-rounder feels people should not drag him into any comparisons, as Shaw has “just started, played only one innings”.

He told Hindustan Times on Thursday (October 11), “It is always wonderful to see young talent perform at the highest level. It gladdens your heart. The way Prithvi batted was brilliant; it was so good To see.”

Former skipper further went on to explain, “We should be careful and not put too much pressure on him. As far as I am concerned, comparisons should never be made. He has just started, played only one innings. We should give him time, say a couple of years, see how he progresses. But he looked very good, he showed promise and this was very good to see.”

Meanwhile, the 1983 World Cup winning captain, who is regarded as the finest fast bowler to have played for India, is highly impressed with the current crop of fast bowlers in the country.

He signed off by saying, “I think they are brilliant, they are very good. Now we depend on the fast bowlers, they can win matches for us. Previously we all depended on spinners, and although we have the best spinners right now also, but it is great to see the fast bowlers coming and contributing to the wins.”

(Input: Hindustan Times)


By Rashmi Nanda - 12 Oct, 2018

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