Prithvi Shaw’s attitude was ‘my way or the highway’: Chopra

Written by Sumit Seth

Former India batsman and commentator Aakash Chopra named Prithvi Shaw as one of the biggest disappointments for Delhi Capitals (DC) in IPL 2020 along with wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Shaw was backed throughout the tournament as an opener ahead of senior batsman Ajinkya Rahane before being dropped towards the business end due to his inconsistency. Shaw failed to impress with the willow and recorded a forgetful season for the runners-up.

Talking about Delhi Capitals’ potential plans of strengthening the side ahead of the new season, Chopra pointed out how Shaw could have harmed his chances of getting retained and might get released by the franchise. He also criticised Shaw’s lacklustre attitude and said it looked like it was ‘my way or the highway’ for the young right-hander during IPL 2020.

“Prithvi Shaw started well, he was playing good shots and scoring runs but after that, it just went downhill and then just could not come back which is not a good thing. He is young but is an India player and you expect more consistency from him,” Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel.

“It is possible that the strike rate might be less one day but here it looked like his attitude was ‘my way or the highway’. He will hit and even if he gets out hitting, it does not matter and that he will not have a different gear even after getting dropped from the side.”

“So that is something that was a bit of a problem because this was a very crucial year as it would determine whom the Delhi Capitals will retain and whom they will let go,” he added.

Shaw had a decent start to the season and looked in fine touch during the first half of the tournament. He played some crucial knocks for DC including a 66-run knock against KKR and followed it up with 42 against RCB. However, things went downhill in the second half of the season as Shaw got out cheaply in a few games and failed to provide good starts to the team.

He eventually finished the season with 228 runs from 13 matches at an abysmal average of 17.53 and a strike rate of over 136.

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