Ponting, who rates Shaw very well and believes he can be a “superstar player,” questioned the batter’s reluctance to work hard on his game in the net while going through a rough patch. Shaw averaged just 17.53 in 13 games in the 2020 IPL, and his approach into the net, despite below-par yields, appears to have confused Ponting.
The youngster’s repeated refusal to work on his game in the nets with Ponting was confusing for the Australian.
“I’ve been trying (to take Shaw under my wing) for the past two years and have really enjoyed working with him,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “I had some very interesting discussions with him throughout last year’s IPL, just trying to break him down, trying to figure out exactly what the right way was to train him and how I was going to shoot the best of it.
“But he had an interesting theory on his stick last year – when he’s not scoring, he’s not beating, and when he’s scoring, he wants to keep beating all the time.
“He’s had four or five games where he’s been under 10 and I’m like, ‘We have to go net and find (what’s wrong)’, and he looked me in the eye and said : ‘No, I’m not batting today’. I couldn’t really figure this out.
Shaw has scored 827 points in eight games with an average of 165.4 and a strike rate of 138.29 in the 2021 Vijay Hazare Trophy. His performance on the domestic stage has delighted Ponting and the Australian is ready to shoot the best. Shaw’s party at IPL 2021.
“Maybe he (Shaw) has changed. I know he has done a lot of work over the past few months. This theory he believed in could have changed; and I hope so, because if we can get the most out of him, he could be a superstar player.
On the recent Indian tour of Australia, it was Ponting who memorably predicted Shaw’s two-ball firing in the Test series in Adelaide, claiming in a comment for Channel 7 that Shaw had a technical issue with balls that turned to him. Mitchell Starc did just that and played Shaw for a duck.
A few months earlier during the IPL, Ponting attempted to remedy Shaw’s technical flaws, but the drummer held on and refused to budge. “I was going pretty hard against him,” said the former Australian captain. “I was basically saying to him, ‘man, you gotta get in the net. Whatever you think you are working on is not working for you ”.
“It’s my job as a coach to challenge someone’s preparation if they don’t get results. So I challenged him and he kept his word and he didn’t practice much at all towards the back end of the 2020 IPL, nor did he have a lot of points towards the back of the tournament.
Nonetheless, Ponting believes that Shaw is “one of the most talented drummers” he has seen in his entire life and that the “tiny” drummer has in him to serve the Indian team for a long time to come.
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“Maybe (his training habits) have changed for the better, because (his success) won’t be just for the Delhi Capitals. I’m sure you’ll see him playing a lot of cricket for India in the years to come as well, ”Ponting said.
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“He’s tiny … kind of (Sachin) Tendulkar mold but hits the ball incredibly powerfully on the front and back feet, and plays really well.” If we can get him to take that form he just showed in the IPL, that makes the balance of our Delhi Capitals squad so good.
“If (the penny) goes down, I’m not sure I’ve seen a lot more talented players than him all my playing time.”