In both domestic and international matches, Prithvi Shaw has been a specialist opener across all formats, and he has very little experience batting in any other position.
Although he has been successful at the top of the order in home matches, his international efforts have been hit or miss. As a result, he was dropped from the Indian Test and One-Day International teams.
Following his exclusion from the Indian team, Prithvi Shaw dominated the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the IPL 2021, earning a spot on the Indian second-string team that will play Sri Lanka in a limited-overs series.
Prithvi Shaw just scored his 4th hundred in the Vijay Hazare tournament semis against Karnataka. 100* in 79 balls. In 7 matches, he’s scored 693 runs at an average of 231 & a strike rate of over 130. Devdutt Padikkal & Samarth are just a few runs behind and due to bat soon!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) March 11, 2021
Shaw is part of the Indian group that is travelling Sri Lanka, but finding a spot in the starting XI as an opener will be difficult. Shikhar Dhawan, who will head the side, Devdutt Padikkal, and Ruturaj Gaikwad are the other three openers on the road.
Prithvi Shaw, on the other hand, is far too good a player to be left out of the starting XI, and Team India may use him in the middle order against Sri Lanka in the three ODIs and three T20Is.
In this piece, we’ll look at what potential advantages Shaw could have if he bats in the middle of the order.
#1 Devdutt Padikkal or Ruturaj Gaikwad can be tried out as Shikhar Dhawan’s opening partner
— Sportskeeda India (@Sportskeeda) June 29, 2021
If Prithvi Shaw bats in the middle order, either Devdutt Padikkal or Ruturaj Gaikwad can replace skipper Shikhar Dhawan as the opener.
Both youngsters have been in good form recently, with excellent first-class records. A opportunity to represent India at such a young age will aid the duo greatly in maturing and establishing themselves as valuable members of the team.
#2 Prithvi Shaw will be under less pressure to perform immediately
Loud music blaring in your ears 🎶
Your teammate miming & mouthing words 🗣️
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 1, 2021
The fight for positions in the middle order is less intense than it is at the top. As a result, there is less pressure to perform, and middle-order batsmen are more likely to be given a longer rope than their top-order counterparts.
This could assist to relieve Prithvi Shaw’s stress and allow him to bat freely without fear of being dropped. The right-handed batter, who has been in and out of the squad far too often, needs a longer run in the team to build his confidence.
#3 Boost Prithvi Shaw’s chances of making it to India’s T20 World Cup squad
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) June 29, 2021
The Indian ODI and T20I squads currently have more open positions in the middle order than at the top. Prithvi Shaw has a decent chance of making the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup if he bats well in the middle order against Sri Lanka.
In T20Is, batsmen like Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul, who bat in the middle order, are either injured or out of form, allowing Shaw to step in.
With players like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli on the scene, the rivalry at the top of the order is fierce.