Second ball of Adelaide Test. Mitchell Starc bowled by Prithvi Shaw. The left-arm bowler came in as a tipp and hit the waving bat outside Savu and went into the wickets. The ball bounced off Goodlength. Sav tried to drive the ball to his line on the rise. If the ball did not change its line, the shot would have been correct. But she came in a little bit. There was considerable space between the bat and the pad. The footwork was also not good. The left leg was half-incomplete. Waves in the air. For the bowler, there cannot be a better view than this. It was a great start for Stark and Australia.
This is not the first time Savu has been out in this manner. This lack of them has become evident in recent times. Playing the ball from inside the body. The step does not go completely on the pitch of the ball and the result is the ball hitting the wickets. This decrease was also seen in the IPL. Constant technical flaws are a matter of concern for this young batsman. Questioning marks have started on his selection.
The competition is tough at the opening slot. The queue is long. After the arrival of Rohit Sharma, there will be tightening in it. Lokesh Rahul is out of the team. Apart from this, Shubman Gill, who played alongside Saw in the Under-19 team, is also posing a challenge. Gill showed effective play in practice matches. He impressed many former players with his game. In such a situation, Sau will soon have to improve his technique and attitude.
Even stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar have advocated giving Shubman Gill a chance. Gavaskar had said, ‘I think Shubman Gill should start the innings with Mayank Agarwal in the first Test. He has shown good form. Alan Border Bhai was there for the practice match. He was also impressed by seeing Gill. So I think Gill will start the innings with Aggarwal.
However Virat Kohli chose Sau. Many were surprised when Sau was elected. Twitter was also asked why Gill was not given a chance. Gill played 43 and 65 innings in the pink ball practice match. He also demonstrated technique with restraint and patience. At the same time, he scored 0 and 29 in the last match. In comparison, Sav scored 0, 19, 40 and 3 runs. Gill’s game was believed to be included in the team.
Prithvi Sau is said to be the next star of Indian cricket. From junior cricket to under-19 cricket, Sawa played a blistering game. International cricket also started with Century. The team management is confident of his talent. Then he was with them in a doping dispute. His battlelift and strokeplay are praised. Sau has scored 335 runs in 8 Test innings at an average of 47.85. But his recent form has been very poor. He is out for the fifth time in the last 10 innings without opening an account. This cannot be said good for this 21 year old batsman.
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris also spoke of giving Gill a chance. He said that Gill should have got a chance in this match.
Sau failed in the first innings but in the second innings he will have a chance to calm the critics. If he can do it then it will be a good thing for him and Team India. Otherwise, seeing the current situation, it can be said that time is short for Sau and the challenges are more…