Delhi Capitals (DC) opening batsman Prithvi Shaw welcomed head coach Ricky Ponting, who joined the team after completing his mandatory quarantine. "The boss is back," Shaw said. DC posted a video on social media where Shaw is seen speaking about the upcoming IPL season and re-uniting with coach Ponting. "He is a very nice person. On the field he is like a boss, off the field he is like a friend. So, I am very happy he is back." Shaw likened Ponting's speeches at team huddles to those in the film 'Chak De! India' by actor Shah Rukh Khan. "I think when Ricky sir speaks, that song (Chak De! India) should play in the background. Shah Rukh Khan's song," said Shaw.
Shaw comes into the IPL on the back of a record-breaking performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 827 runs from just eight matches - the most in a single season of the tournament by any batsman – going past Mayank Agarwal on the way.
However, Shaw's form had dipped during IPL 2020 and he was dropped from the DC XI during the tournament. He also lost his place in the Indian Test team after being dropped from the playing XI during the tour of Australia that followed the IPL.
Ponting reflected on Shaw's poor run last IPL season and said the 21-year-old had refused to bat in the nets when not scoring runs in matches.
"I've had some really interesting chats with him through last year's IPL, just trying to break him down, trying to find out exactly what was the right way to coach him and how I was going to get the best out of him," Ponting told cricket.com.au.
Back in December 2020, Shaw was dropped from the Test team after his shoddy performance in the tour of Australia. However, the 21-year-old from Thane, Maharashtra made a stupendous comeback in the 2021 edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the event, he managed 827 runs from eight games at a staggering average of 165.40. His top score of an unbeaten 227 came against Puducherry in Jaipur.
Shaw also got scores of 185* and 165 against Saurashtra and Karnataka respectively. DC’s opening game is against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on April 10 and it remains to be seen if Shaw can make the cut. The right-hander has reportedly been putting extra time in the nets in order to best prepare himself for the 14th edition of the T20 league.
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