IPL 2020: ‘Instead of giving me a break, I was made the captain,’ Sehwag remembers individual anecdote to elucidate Prithvi Shaw’s state of affairs

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Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting made a tricky name to take a seat out Prithvi Shaw and herald Ajinkya Rahane into the enjoying XI in anticipation of Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. Shaw had been off form and had been dismissed twice for a duck prior to now three games.

After the staff was notify former India cricketer Virender Sehwag defined why it was determination from Ponting to present Shaw a break from cricket. Sehwag recalled a private anecdote from his career to elucidate his stance.

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“Ricky Ponting will continue to back Prithvi Shaw, but he has been in poor form in the past few games and hence he has been given a break because of the form,” Sehwag stated on Cricbuzz.

“Sometimes, a batsman develops a mindset that no matter what I am doing it is not working in my favour. So, at the time, you either take a break yourself, or someone gives you a break, it works best for everyone,” he added.

“I share my own story when back in 2006, I was not able to score any runs. But still Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly kept me in the playing XI. I kept telling them that I am not being able to perform, I am not being able to score runs.

“So, give me a break. Instead of giving me a break, in one series, I was made the captain,” Sehwag recalled.

“The mental phase and thinking of a player is very important. If you yourself are confused, and you are not being able to score runs, and you don’t have any other way to get runs.

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“So, at this time it is better to take a break from cricket, to think how you can pursue your batting, and how you make your plans against other teams. So the break always work. So, it is a good decision made by Ricky Ponting to give Shaw a break,” he added.

Shaw’s alternative Rahane did no contribute a lot to the scorecard as he was dismissed for a first-ball duck. DC ultimately misplaced the match by 59 runs in anticipation of KKR on Saturday.

[Attribution HT]

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