Indian opener Prithvi Shaw, during a recent interaction, spilt beans regarding how a piece of advice from Sachin Tendulkar helped him to build his batting technique.
Shaw made the claims in an Instagram Live session, in his bid to interact and engage with his fans.
During the interaction, Shaw talked about how Sachin has monitored his development as a cricketer through close quarters.
“He has had a big influence on me. I first met him when I was eight. He always tells me to play my natural game and according to the situation. Off the field also, he asked me to stay calm,” Shaw stated during the conversation.
Sachin previously advised Shaw not to change his grip, despite his coach asking him to make changes.
“I am a bottom-hand player, and Sachin sir had asked me not to change my grip. I was young, and I used to change my grip as per coaches’ advice. But after Sachin sir told me, I did not change my grip,” added Shaw, while elucidating Sachin’s advice.
Further, Shaw went on to state that he modelled his batting to play like him and takes it as a challenge when compared to the cricket deity.
“There is the pressure when people compare me to him. But I take it as a challenge. I try to play like him. He is the God of cricket,” Shaw said.
Shaw is one of the few lucky ones to rub shoulders with the greats of Indian cricket, such as Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
Ganguly and Shaw worked together during their stint at Delhi Capitals, while Shaw basked U19 glory in 2018 under the mentorship of Dravid.
“There have been experiences, to be honest, and he (Ganguly) helped a lot as he knew how to motivate youngsters in the team. It was great,” concluded Shaw.