Prithvi Shaw Exclusive on Vijay Hazare Trophy, IPL 2021 and Australia Tour: The young Indian & Delhi Capitals batsman Prithvi Shaw has revelaed to InsideSport.co that ‘he got into depression after the debacle of Australia tour’. According to the Mumbai batsman, so tough was the situation that he ‘completely broke down and lot of self-doubts creeped in’.
Shaw also revealed during the exclusive chat after winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Mumbai – that how he worked himself back from the brink. Shaw scored record breaking 827 runs in the tournament @ 165.4 with 4 centuries. He is tipped to make a comeback in the Indian ODI squad but said he is not thinking too much about the selection at this stage. Check out InsideSport.co Suman Ray’s Exclusive Chat with Prithvi Shaw.
Prithvi Shaw to InsideSport.co: After Australia debacle, ‘I got into depression and broke down’
“When I was dropped in Australia I got into depression and broke down. Self doubt had crept in and I was standing hopelessly in front of the mirror wondering was I not good enough at the highest level. But I always knew that I was good and will make a strong comeback. I was tensed but realised that I have leave it behind quickly & I have pull up my socks and prove myself not anyone else that I am not that bad. It was a bit difficult but my only thing was go-back and work hard, just those small mistakes, what was happening in Australia, just to fill those blanks and come back stronger,” Prithvi observed.
“I did my Job; now I am hungrier & not thinking about selection” – Scripting Mumbai’s Vijay Hazare title almost single handedly and creating tournament record with 827 runs, Prithvi Shaw made a strong statement but he is not “worried” and “losing his sleep” thinking about his selection for the Indian team anymore.
“If I am selected I will be happy. If not I will continue to my job which is scoring runs. I did my job in Vijay Hazare. I scored runs for my team and contributed to the winning cause. Now I am very happy and even more hungry. But I am not thinking about my selection. It will come again. I just want to focus on the job and win matches for whichever team I get to play,” Prithvi Shaw told Inside Sport in an exclusive interview soon after winning the tournament in Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadiun on Sunday.
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On finding form with captaincy, the Mumbai opening batsman said ‘I have been doing captaincy from a very young age, so I have done U-14, U-16 and U-19. I have done India-A as well. I really enjoy captaining the side and you know focused every ball, so I just love doing this and it affects my batting as well, so I am more focused,” he noted.
On shiting focus on IPL next month, Prithvi said: “I try to live in switch on & switch off mode. Once 50 overs are gone, its gone. Once 20 overs start I play completely differently.”