Prithvi Shaw, the right-hand Delhi Daredevils opener, has come out and stated that working with the former Australian great Ricky Ponting was of immense help in getting the kind of success he enjoyed during this Indian Premier League season.
The young U-19 batsman, Shaw scored 245 runs in 9 games at a brilliant strike rate of 153.12. He is amongst the brightest young batting talents around in Indian Cricket right now.
Shaw was recently quoted saying, “Ponting was a big inspiration. He was really ruling all of us, not in a literal sense, but in a good way. The advice that he gave me was to just enjoy your game. When I made my IPL debut, I was nervous"
"Though this wasn’t the first time I was playing in a match which was being telecast live, but to have 40,000 people in stadium around me and all the cameras focused on me made me nervous. However, after hearing Ponting’s positive words, I did well and enjoyed myself,”
Talking about how the experience of playing his first Indian Premier League season, Shaw further added, “IPL is a different experience. When you play for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, you face the same bowler next year. But in the IPL, you face bowlers of different calibre. You face the likes of Mitchell Johnson. You see an international batsman like AB de Villiers. It was the best opportunity that I could’ve thought of"
“What I have learned from the IPL is that in your life, you will face some difficult situations and you’ve to get out of them on your own. When 40,000 people are shouting (in a stadium), the coach can’t tell you what to do. You’ve to do it on your own. That maturity, which I wasn’t having, those things I’ve got now,”