Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw has performed superbly as an opener for Team India in all 3 formats of the game. Although Shaw has performed well as an opener, he has failed to consistently deliver for Team India. As a result, Shaw lost his place in the starting XI of India’s limited-overs side. Prithvi Shaw is a part of India’s squad for the Sri Lanka series. However, it is very unlikely that Shaw will start as an opener. Regardless, Prithvi Shaw could be given an opportunity to bat in the middle order for India. That said, here are 3 reasons why Prithvi Shaw should bat in the middle order for India:
⦁ Either Devdutt Padikkal or Ruturaj Gaikwad could open alongside Shikhar Dhawan
If Prithvi Shaw bats in the middle order for India, Devdutt Padikkal or Ruturaj Gaikwad might get a chance to open alongside Shikhar Dhawan. Both the youngsters endured a superb outing with their respective teams in the IPL this season. Hence, both Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad deserve a chance to open for India in the Sri Lanka series.
⦁ Prithvi Shaw has struggled to find consistency as an opener for Team India
The pressure to perform in the middle order is comparatively less than the pressure to perform as an opener. Furthermore, Prithvi Shaw has been very inconsistent as an opener for India in the limited-overs format. Hence, this would help Prithvi Shaw to bat with much more freedom, which could boost his performance.
⦁ It will boost Shaw’s chances to make it into India’s T20 World Cup squad
If Prithvi Shaw performs well for India in the middle order, he might manage to book a spot in India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Furthermore, the duo of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul has been out of form lately. Hence, Prithvi Shaw could make the most of this opportunity to make it into India’s T20 World Cup squad.