Ricky Ponting on struggles of coaching Prithvi Shaw: He won’t bat when he is not scoring runs

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Prithvi Shaw’s form in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare trophy has been hailed by cricket fans and experts. The 21-year-old lead his state time Mumbai to a win in the final against Uttar Pradesh last month and was at the peak of his powers with the bat.

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has revealed how he struggled to unleash the best of Prithvi Shaw in the past couple of IPL seasons. While Ponting rates Shaw highly, he admitted that the Indian batting prodigy had some views about his own batting that the coach did not fully understand.

"I've tried (taking Shaw under his wing) the last two years and I've really enjoyed working with him. I've had some really interesting chats with him through last year's IPL, just trying to break him down, trying to find out exactly what was the right way to coach him and how I was going to get the best out of him,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

"But he had an interesting theory on his batting last year when he's not scoring runs, he won't bat, and when he is scoring runs, he wants to keep batting all the time. He had four or five games where he made under 10 and I'm telling him, 'We have to go to the nets and work out (what's wrong)', and he looked me in the eye and said, 'No, I'm not batting today'. I couldn't really work that out.

"He might have changed. I know he's done a lot of work over the last few months, that theory that he had might have changed, and hopefully it has, because if we can get the best out of him, he could be a superstar player,” he added.

Ponting, who did not approve of Shaw’s ways, admitted that he was ‘pretty hard at him’.

"I was going pretty hard at him," said the former Australia captain. "I was basically telling him, 'Mate you've got to get in the nets. Whatever you think you're working on, is not working for you'."

"It's my job as a coach to challenge someone's preparation if they're not getting results. So I challenged him and he stuck to his word and he didn't practice much at all towards the back-end of the tournament and didn't get many runs towards the back-end of the tournament either,” he said.