Apart from Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals has been a very consistent team over the last two IPL campaigns. They managed to reach the final of IPL 2020, so expectations for IPL 2021 will be fairly high. Similar expectations will be from Prithvi Shaw after his remarkable form in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Shaw had a brutal winter when he was part of the Indian test squad that toured Australia. After getting two low scores in Adelaide, Shaw didn’t play the remaining three test matches. He came back strongly in the domestic cricket and churned out 827 runs in eight innings of Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Ahead of IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting has been singing praises of Shaw. While talking to cricket.com.au on Monday, Ponting believes that penny might have dropped for Shaw and he could become a superstar with continuous hardwork.
“I know he’s done a lot of work over the last few months, that theory that he had might have changed, and hopefully, it has, because if we can get the best out of him, he could be a superstar player.”
Shaw had a very average IPL 2020. He did score runs here and there, but consistency was missing in his game. The young batsman from Mumbai should be eyeing a strong IPL 2021 to stake a claim in the limited-overs team of the Indian team. For the test squad, Shaw will have to work harder in the domestic circuit to polish the rough edges of his game.
Ponting backs Pant to get better with the captaincy at Delhi Capitals
The former Australian batsman is also backing Rishabh Pant to get better with the added responsibility of captaincy. Pant was appointed captain of DC for IPL 2021 after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out for the entire tournament due to a shoulder injury.
Pant has enjoyed the best four months of his career as he has become a mainstay in the Indian team across all three formats. A big IPL 2021 will further strengthen his case to be the first choice wicket-keeper for India. Prithvi Shaw and Pant will have to step up in the batting department in the absence of Iyer to help DC to take that final step and lift the trophy.
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