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Rishab Pant and Prithvi Shaw: Aggressive Success
Most of the cricketers who are inducted into the international team today are brought up on a diet of instant cricket. When served with a multi-course meal as is served in test cricket, they are reluctant to play the waiting game as is evident in the on-going test series between India and the West Indies. Is test cricket going to benefit from this approach? Source Most of the cricketers who are inducted into the international team today are brought up on a diet of instant cricket. When served with a multi-course meal as is served in test cricket, they exhibit a phobia in taking their time as is evident in The on-going test series between India and the West Indies currently. Till now hardly five days of cricket has been played between the two teams. India won the first test easily with the West Indies lasting less than three sessions in the two innings that they batted in. There was an exhibition of rank impatience among the West Indian batsmen then, which led to the abject surrender of the side. When players who twenty-something old have spent most of their lives playing the shorter version of the game it is but natural that their mindset is to attack when in a quandary. Source Things have not improved for the West Indies in this test either. None of the batsmen showed any inclination to stay at their wicket or form partnerships. Though Shane Dowrich spent some time at the wicket with Roston Chase, it was Jason Holder, who came in at number seven and played a handsome inning to put up a 104 run partnership with Chase. India has also baptised two players into test cricket but recently. Rishab Pant is still playing his eighth inning, whereas, Prithvi Shaw has just played his second test innings. These two youngsters, the first 21 and the other 18 years of age, were on the other hand surprisingly successful with the same approach. They have between them scored 384 runs at a startling strike rate of 93.2 per cent. Source While Prithvi Shaw has scored 207 runs in 208 balls in two innings, Rishab Pant has scored 177 of 204 balls and is still not out in the second. It is difficult to attribute the difference between the performances of the batsmen if the two sides, given the same approach, to one particular factor. The inability of the West Indian batsmen to read the Indian bowlers, spinners more so, out of their hands is obviously one factor. Is it that the two Indian batsmen have had more exposure to the longer formats of the game in their first-class matches or the encouragement that the team management has afforded them to play their natural game. That they have grown up watching the exploits of Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar could also be a factor. One among them is an opening batsman and the other a middle order one. It could be that they read the bowlers better. If they continue in this vein, a couple of heads are going to roll from the Indian line up. Source I will leave it to the readers of this article to opine on what they are the answers to my inconclusive posts. LET ME KNOW YOUR OPINIONS AND I WILL UPVOTE THEM WRITE ANOTHER POST CITING THE AUTHORS!
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