"None of Them Talked Cricket for Once": Virender Sehwag on His Interaction With Gill and Shaw
Prithvi Shaw returned to form against Punjab Kings yesterday [Source: Twitter]
The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 has been a bitter-sweet affair when it comes to young Indian batters. While the likes of Shubman Gill, and Yashasvi Jaiswal have shone, the likes of Riyan Parag, and Prithvi Shaw have struggled. Amongst all, Shaw was touted to be the next big thing, given his fast track into India's Test side, however, his lack of form and fitness saw him drop down the ranks rather quickly.
Shaw did show glimpses of his class against Punjab Kings on Wednesday evening, where the opener slammed 54 off 38 for Delhi Capitals, and returned to form after missing out on several matches. DC eventually won the match by 15 runs and picked up two points.
Ahead of the match, former India opener Virender Sehwag revealed an interesting interaction with Shaw and Gill. Speaking on Crizbuzz, Sehwag also dwelled on the importance of communication as well, citing his own example, which had a Sunil Gavaskar connection as well.
Here's what Sehwag said
"He (Prithvi Shaw) did an ad shoot with me. Shubman Gill was also there. None of them talked about cricket for once. We were there for 6 hours. If you want to talk to someone then you have to approach them. When I was new to the team, I wanted to talk to Sunny Bhai (Gavaskar), So I said to John Wright that 'I'm still a new player, I don't know whether Sunny Bhai will meet me or not', but you should organise that meeting.
So Wright organised a dinner in 2003-04 for me and I also said that my (opening) partner Aakash Chopra will also come so that we can talk about batting. So he came and had dinner with us. So, you have to make that effort. Sunil Gavaskar won't make an effort to talk to Sehwag or Chopra. You have to request him."
In the said Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Sehwag slammed 464 runs, which included a blistering 195 in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne.
In the ongoing IPL 2023, Shaw has managed just 101 runs and will look to add more to his tally, when DC takes on Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, in their final game this season.