Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif believes Prithvi Shaw can be a welcome addition to the T20I team for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 if he does well against Sri Lanka.
Prithvi Shaw has made a sensational return of form after going through a lean patch towards the end of 2020. He smashed records during the Vijay Hazare Trophy and managed record runs in a single season. Later on, he looked in full flow during the IPL 2021, scoring 308 runs in 8 matches before the league got suspended.
Shaw has played five Test matches and three ODIs for India but hasn’t made his T20I debut as of now. Kaif believes he is someone who can make an impact at top of the order if given the opportunity.
Prithvi Shaw showed good form in the IPL, every big player has a test, when you have that form, the challenge is to make full use of that form.
Shaw had a good domestic season and IPL, if he plays well in Sri Lanka and the remaining matches of the IPL, then he can make a case for himself to be included in the T20 World Cup squad,” Kaif told ANI news agency.
“There is competition, Prithvi needs to play big knocks. I have no doubt that Shaw has the ability to play well and if he plays well, then he makes sure that his team ends on the right side of the result. Prithvi Shaw plays impactful knocks, we have to see how he plays in Sri Lanka.”
Meanwhile, Kaif also opined that Rahul Dravid is a good coach and knows how to back out-of-touch spinner, Kuldeep Yadav.
“Both Kuldeep and Chahal have performed well together, but Kuldeep has not been getting the support. People are saying that his form is not up to the mark or his body language is bad, for me these things do not matter. He is a talented bowler, the captain and coach should back him,” Kaif further added.
“You do not get a chinaman in every market, if you have that bowler, then you need to look after him and Rahul Dravid knows how to do that.”
India will begin the tour of Sri Lanka on July 18 with the first One-Day International game in Colombo.