“Prithvi Shaw enjoys belting the ball, but you have to be careful in England.” – Salman Butt


Former Pakistan batsman Salman Butt has claimed that young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw may have a difficult time in the Tests in England unless he makes changes to his game.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Monday that Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, who are currently in Sri Lanka, will go to England as injury replacements for the Indian Test squad. While Shaw having five Tests under his belt, Yadav has yet to make his debut in the longer format of the game.

Butt remarked on his YouTube channel that Prithvi Shaw may be bothered by the shifting ball due to his lack of footwork. He stated, “

“Prithvi Shaw has an opportunity in England to demonstrate why he is so highly regarded. However, considering his lack of footwork, he may struggle in England. Even batsmen with the greatest footwork might struggle in England, especially when the ball swings.”

Butt also stated:

“Prithvi Shaw is a player who likes to hit the ball hard and play harsh strokes. He clearly enjoys blasting the ball based on the way he bats. However, in England, you must exercise caution. You can’t just take on the bowlers without considering their movement and the conditions. Prithvi Shaw will need to go through this facet of his game again.”

The former Pakistan captain added that veteran players as as skipper Virat Kohli will provide Prithvi Shaw with sound advice, which he must implement into his game in England. In this sense, Butt stated:

“The Indian team in England includes world-class players including as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Cheteshwar Pujara. They should provide Prithvi Shaw with accurate knowledge about how to play in England. He should be able to adjust, hopefully. You’ll see what happens if he doesn’t.”

It is incorrect to compare Prithvi Shaw to Virender Sehwag and Viv Richards: Butt Salman

Butt previously stated that comparing Prithvi Shaw to greats such as Virender Sehwag and Sir Viv Richards so early in his career was incorrect.

According to the former Pakistan opener, the youngster must hit big runs on a consistent basis before being compared to legends. He continued, saying:

“Some supporters believe it is inappropriate to encourage Prithvi Shaw to change his game. They cite Virender Sehwag and Viv Richards, who achieved success by playing their own style of cricket. When you begin to produce results, you can stake a claim to a specific style of play as your own. To justify a particular type of batting attitude, you must produce huge runs and hundreds.”

Prithvi Shaw made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka in the first game of the three-match series, although he was unable to complete a golden duck.

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