Kaif shares strong message for ‘X-factor’ player after India snub | Cricket

Four years ago in 2018, Prithvi Shaw – who is going through a phase of becoming a boy-boy but still has the charm of a 17-year-old boy – left the coast of New Zealand for the Under-19 World Cup. He returned from the Trans-Tasman Nation with his rise to fame, leading the team to the prestigious award. The selectors gave Shah his first test call in the same year. Cut to the present, the young man faces a tough challenge to make his India one more.

After an impressive IPL season, Rahul Tripathi has made a call-up for the Ireland Twenty20, and Shaw is nowhere to be found, especially at a time when the team is looking for a suitable combination for the T20 World Cup in Australia this year. Cricket and uncertainty are intertwined and Shah is still awaiting a comeback despite scoring 283 runs at 152.97 strike rate in the recent IPL season. For the most part, the Delhi Capitals enjoyed a brisk start, thanks to Shaw and David Warner’s left-right opening pair.

Former India batter Mohammad Kaif believes Shah should return to the basics and excel at domestic cricket. He stressed the tough competition within the Indian team but said that Shaw had taken an “X-factor” with his batting pyrotechnics.

“Shah is still young and there are a lot of starters in the India team. Gill, Agarwal, Rahul, Rohit … Yes there is competition but if I am Shah, I will go back to domestic cricket and Ranji. He is leading the Mumbai team in the final,” Kaif told Hindustan Times during a virtual conversation .

Shah’s last match in India’s colors was in 2021 when the second-team national team visited Sri Lanka for a limited-overs assignment.

There is still plenty of time for him to come back. He’s got the X-factor with his skills. Probably not chosen, ”he said.

Rahul Tripathi’s first call

Kaif praised Tripathi for his consistent performance in the IPL and the domestic circuit. Right-arm batting Sunrisers from Maharashtra travel to Ireland after the IPL season with Hyderabad, where he scored over 400 runs.

“When I heard Tripathi was selected for India, I was very happy because he has done well in domestic cricket and IPL. “I hope they get a chance to play. I think people like Tripathi get the opportunity with both hands. They are ready for India and they think they will play brilliantly. Knocks in Ireland,” Kaif said.

Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli-Jaspreet Bumrah is resting in the tri-series, while Hardik Pandya will lead the 17-member squad for the two matches to be played in Malahide on June 26 and 28.

Hardik led his IPL freshman Gujarat Titans to victory in their debut season and shone in the home series against South Africa.

Commenting on the Hardik leadership, Kaif said, “He ticked most of the boxes in leadership. He was spot on when winning the toss and assessing the situation. Hardik’s own farm was amazing. He batted at No. 3 and 4 during the powerplay and bowled a few overs. If you go back to look at the auction, you will not say that Gujarat is strong on paper. But how you perform on the field.

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