CHENNAI: Mumbai teenage sensation and India U-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw, who led the colts to World Cup title last week, believes he is well-equipped for senior India graduation.
When asked if he is ready for the next level, Shaw, who featured in the TN-Mumbai Vijay Hazare match, said: “I think so. I have to keep scoring runs. I have to grab those opportunities to be there in the senior team.”
BCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad mentioned that the senior selection committee has been keeping track of the performances of the colts and that they could well consider some of them for India ‘A’ stints to ensure steady progress.
“We have been following all their matches and they will be considered for the ‘A’ team. We have been backing a particular set of players and have been consistent in our selection policy for both the senior team and the ‘A’ team,” said Prasad.
Shaw knows there will be high expectations from him going forward, even comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar. “Expectations will be there. Obviously people will compare with Sachin sir or somebody else. But I know my game and I better be grounded. I have not even started and it’s a long journey,” said the 18-year-old.
Although Shaw has earned his maiden IPL contract with Delhi Daredevils, the opener said his focus for now is to perform well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. “I don’t know what they are (IPL franchise) thinking. Personally, I’m not thinking about it now because I’m here to play Vijay Hazare. I will plan how to play in IPL when the tournament nears. I would like to be in present,” he added.
Source : timesofindia