Former India pacer and veteran Zaheer Khan believes that Prithvi Shaw, who failed to perform in both innings of the ongoing first Test against Australia, will find it difficult to make his place in the team in the upcoming matches.
Prithvi Shaw bowled on the second ball and departs for a golden duck in the first innings of the first Test match against Australia in Adelaide. Shaw repeat the same and went on to walk back to the pavilion scoring just 4 runs off 4 deliveries.
Questions have been raised since the inclusion of Prithvi Shaw in the playing XI for the first Test despite his continuous poor performance and not giving chances to Shubman Gill who shows his calibre in the practice match against Australia A.
Zaheer Khan expressed his views on this and said:
“Well I think, It works in your favour when you are getting runs. It can look bad when you are getting out. It’s equally difficult when someone figures it out. That’s what international cricket is all about. Everyone is just waiting to figure you out, find out your weaknesses and just attack. That’s what is happening with Prithvi Shaw at the moment,” Zaheer Khan told Sony Six after Stumps on Day 2.
Zaheer Khan also believes that Prithvi Shaw is not going to be the part of next playing XI as he struggles to spend time on the pitch.
“The wicket is also assisting them. Maybe in subcontinent conditions, you have that fraction of bit extra to adjust. Here it’s going to be a challenge to adjust to that pace as well and that is something which he will be facing for sure. Also the pace of the bowler, you know, not often you have 2 or 3 bowlers coming at you at 145 paces. That’s something which he has to adjust to,” Zaheer added.
Difficult For Him to Make His Spot
“I completely agree with you that he might be missing in this (next) Test match. I mean the remaining of the series looks like it’s going to be difficult for him to make his spot. There was some speculation that he might not be starting the series. These kinds of total and that dropped catch,” Zaheer further said.