Leave Prithvi Shaw Alone, Says Virat Kohli

Written by Abhishek Patil

Prithvi Shaw is in the limelight in Indian cricket now as the teenager became the youngest-ever to score a century on debut for the country. As always, he was immediately lifted to dizzy heights and comparisons with former greats began coming in thick and fast. India skipper Virat Kohli, however, is not a great fan of all the focus being on the teenager and demanded that the talented batsman be left alone. On the eve of the second Test in Hyderabad, Kohli, who tasted stardom quite early himself, took queries on the 18-year-old and called for some space.

“I don’t think he should be rushed into anything yet because you need to give a youngster a space to grow, in his own abilities. This guy is supremely talented and he has got great ability as everyone saw,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference.

“We definitely think he (Shaw) has it in him to play at the highest level and he can repeat what he did in the first game. He is a very keen learner, a sharp guy. He understands situations well. We are all very happy for him,” he added.

“We shouldn’t compare him to anyone yet. We shouldn’t put him in a space where he feels pressure of any kind and he should be left in a space where he enjoys his cricket and slowly grows into a player we all believe in.”


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