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“He is very destructive and needs to be given chances to feel more confident,” Virat Kohli


After India’s 10 wicket loss in the first Test at Basin Reserve Wellington, the Indian Captain has backed Prithvi Shaw to come good in the second test match against New Zealand. In a recent media talk, Virat has shown the faith in the youngster saying that Prithvi has got the calibre and talent to overcome these difficult situations once he gets settled in the middle.

“I don’t think at this stage, we need to sit down and discuss what’s going wrong because I don’t see anything wrong. It’s the execution of things which was not there,” Virat Kohli said.

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Indian batting line-up is at the receiving end the things since their below par performance in the first test at Wellington. The famed batting line-up could only manage the scores of 165 and 191 on the swinging track at Basin Reserve.

In the first Test, India went in with the opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. While Mayank Agarwal looked confident in both the innings even hitting a well compiled 58 in the second innings, Prithvi Shaw was clearly struggling in swinging and seaming conditions. Shaw’s lack of footwork also did not help him in tuff batting conditions as he could only manage 16 and 14 runs in both the outings respectively.

However, Indian captain Virat Kohli does not want to read too much just after a match in alien condition as he talked about giving Prithvi Shaw some time in the middle before making any opinion about the youngster.

“It is just a matter of understanding the pace of the wicket and conditions as soon as possible. Again, when he is in a clear frame of mind, he is very, very destructive. Once he feels that he can do it, I think it will be a different ball game. The mindset can shift very quickly.

Prithvi obviously wants to perform and no doubt about it, every batsman wants to. We need to give him that time to get used to the conditions a little bit and once he starts scoring, he will feel more confident about it,” the captain added.

Shaw has been making his international comeback after a rough 12 months he passed on the side-lines due to injury and doping ban. And the youngster will be keen to shut his critics with a batting display in the second Test Match as Christchurch.



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