Muttiah Muralitharan has said that the Indian opener Prithvi Shaw is a better limited-overs cricket player than a Test player. The former cricketer likened Shaw to be having a playing style similar to Virender Sehwag.
Prithvi can damage the bowling if he stays on the wicket-Muttiah Muralitharan
The legendary Sri Lankan spinner talking on ESPNCricinfo said the Indian youngster has the ability to put the bowling sides under pressure and the team has more chance to win when he does so.
The leading wicket-taker in international cricket Murali added that India should allow Shaw to play his natural game.
“For me, Prithvi Shaw is a better one-day and T20 player than a Test player because the way he plays is like Sehwag. He puts the bowling side under pressure and if he scores big then India have a good chance of winning because they will post a huge total within a short frame of time,” Muralitharan opined.
“Prithvi Shaw doesn’t have the fear of getting out. That is a plus point because you need such players to win matches and India should encourage him (to play his natural game). Shikhar can go on normally and Prithvi can damage the bowling if he stays on the wicket and that is a big advantage for India,” Muralitharan concluded.
In the ongoing game at Colombo between India and Sri Lanka, the hosts are batting first after winning the toss. Shaw and the Indian team can be seen batting later in the evening. The 21-year-old has had a stellar run in domestic cricket but this is international cricket. And he hasn’t featured in one since the Pink-ball in Adelaide.
He has also played just the 3 ODIs for India in the ODI format but a lot is expected out of him.