Ricky Ponting backs Prithvi Shaw to play 100 Tests for India

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Australia legend Ricky Ponting is well-versed in his players at Delhi Capitals and understands what each one has to offer, and he has previously spoken highly of Indian batter Prithvi Shaw. The 22-year-old Mumbaikar has been part of the Delhi side since 2018 and has worked extensively with Ponting. This year, Ponting’s key is to get the most out of Shaw, as he feels that the former U-19 World Cup-winning skipper has what it takes to play 100 Tests for India.

“If I look at Prithvi’s play, he has got every bit as much talent as I had, if not more, and I want to be able to turn him into a player that plays over 100 Test matches for India and represents his country as much as possible. If I look back through the teams that I’ve been around, when I took over the Mumbai Indians, Rohit was very young, Hardik Pandya hadn’t played, Krunal hadn’t played. A lot of the guys that I have coached there have gone on to play cricket for India, and that’s what I want to do here, “Ponting said on the Delhi Capitals podcast.

Shaw was one of the four players retained by the Delhi side ahead of this year’s mega auctions, and in the four matches he has played so far, Prithvi impressed with his attacking approach and has scored two fifty-plus scores. With 160 runs to his name, he is his team’s leading run scorer, and in his last two outings, he made a 34-ball 61 against Lucknow Super Giants and 51 from just 29 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders to help his side get off to a fast start.

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