Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has closely worked with Indian youngster Prithvi Shaw for the past two seasons for Delhi Capitals in the cash-rich Indian Premier League, has opened up about his dismissal in the ongoing 1st Test between India and Australia in Adelaide. However, he predicted his dismissal as Shaw got out in a similar way in both innings.
In the first innings, there was a huge gap between bat and pad and he was dismissed for a second-ball duck. In the second innings, Prithvi Shaw once again got out through the ‘gate’. Meanwhile, Ponting examined both the way of his dismissals frame-wise on Channel7 and explained apart from the huge gap between his bat and pad, there is another technical issue that is troubling the talented youngster.
“In the first innings, Mitchell Starc brought one back through the gate. You see that he tried to make slight adjustments in the second innings. The gap wasn’t big, but the problem, the worry is that his front foot is not planted. His front foot is still in the air. He’s late on the ball, he’s late moving his weight into,” Ponting explained.
Prithvi Shaw took a single down the legside and later took three runs along with his opening partner Mayank Agarwal in their second innings, hoping to contribute more in their first innings lead of 53 as well. However, Pat Cummins cleaned up Shaw in the fourth over of the innings, which left no choice but to send the pacer Jasprit Bumrah as the nightwatchman, who didn’t do any mistake for the remaining 2.5 overs.
However, while speaking about Shaw’s dismissal, Ponting stated, “He actually gets a full stride forward there (referring to the image in the first innings). That eliminates that gap between bat and pad. You see his foot is off the ground and you have another look at that because he makes about three movements with his front foot. His front foot doesn’t actually go anywhere.”
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