The Delhi capitals have had a lot of bright spots this season. The eternal underachievers in the Indian Premier League restarted their franchise last year and have started to exceed expectations. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the IPL over the past two seasons. In 2020, DC reached the tournament final but lost to five-time champions Mumbai Indians. Lots of players performed incredibly well, while some were disappointed.
In the category of disappointing performers comes the young opener Prithvi Shaw. The 21-year-old started the season on a high note hitting a fifty against Kolkata Knight Riders while also scoring 42 points against RCB in the following game. But it didn’t go as planned for the drummer as he failed to get started in subsequent matches.
He was criticized for losing his wicket early and putting pressure on other batsmen. He finished the season with just 228 points, an average of 17.53.
Now that the mega auctions are in full swing, Shaw could lose his place on the team. Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra is also not happy with the way Shaw hit when the chips fell as he criticized him for his attitude.
“Prithvi Shaw started well, he was playing good shots and scoring points but after that he just got degraded and couldn’t come back which is not a good thing. He is young but is an Indian player and you would expect more consistency from him, ”Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel.
“It is possible that the strike rate will be less someday, but here it seemed his attitude was ‘my way or the highway’. He will hit and even if he comes out with a kick, that’s okay and he won’t have different equipment even after being dropped from the side.
“So it was something that was a bit of a problem because it was a very crucial year as it would determine who the capitals of Delhi will keep and who they will let go,” he added.
Shaw was dropped by team management for the knockout matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians as DC opted to promote Marcus Stoinis instead.