IPL 2018: India U19 star Prithvi Shaw to learn from Delhi Daredevils coach Ricky Ponting

India U19 cricket team skipper Prithvi Shaw, who led the colts to clinch their fourth U19 World Cup under the guidance of Rahul Dravid, said that he was excited for his first-ever IPL appearance for Delhi Daredevils, who bought the 18-year-old in IPL 2018 auction for INR 1.2 crore. Shaw said that he was excited to learn from coaches like Ricky Ponting and Pravin Amre.

Prithvi Shaw said that it was the influence of coach Rahul Dravid, that the junior Indian team won the U19 World Cup, defeating Australia in New Zealand earlier this month, clinching the title for a record-fourth time. “It was a great experience to play under Rahul sir. For the last two years, we dreamt of a World Cup journey with him,” said Prithvi Shaw at an event, as reported by mid-day.

The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, elaborated on how former India captain and India U19 coach, Rahul Dravid, guided the junior team to clinch the U19 World Cup for the record-fourth time in U19 World Cup history. Shaw, who totalled 261 runs in five innings at an average of 65.25 during the World Cup, spoke about Rahul Dravid and said,

“He played international cricket for almost 20 years. We could ask him about conditions in New Zealand since he had the experience of playing there. He knew how the weather would pan out and how the wickets were. He shared his experiences with us. All these small details helped.”

Prithvi Shaw excited to learn from Ricky Ponting, Amre in IPL 2018

Prithvi Shaw, who was bought by Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) franchise Delhi Daredevils for INR 1.2 crore in last month’s auction, is excited to play his first-ever season in the cash-rich Indian T20 tournament, where he will get a chance to learn from the cricketing greats like Ricky Ponting and Pravin Amre.

“IPL will be a good learning experience. I will get an opportunity to share the dressing room with many international players. I’m excited to learn from coaches like Ricky Ponting and Pravin Amre.”

The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who is batting at No. 3 in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, said that although coming in as an opener was difficult, it is what he prefers.

“It’s not easy to open the innings. You have to read the conditions and the wicket yourself. But when you are batting at No. 3, you know what is happening out there. Having said that, I prefer to be an opener.”

Prithvi Shaw has opened the innings in the Ranji Trophy as well as in the U19 World Cup. He hopes to play under Virat Kohli someday.

“Hopefully, I will do well in the upcoming matches and get a chance to play in the Indian senior team. Whenever the opportunity comes, I want to grab it with both hands.”


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