5 things we learnt about India from the first New Zealand Test match

James Ogden
Modified 27 Feb 2020

#2 Prithvi Shaw needs to tighten up his defense

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw

The talent Prithvi Shaw holds is undoubted. However, one thing that is also undoubted is that to be a success at the top of the order in Test cricket, you need to be sure of your defense.

Shaw's initial success came on the flat pitches of India against a sub-par West Indies side, but the recent Test underlined the fact that the young man has many aspects of his game which he must improve upon. Namely, his frantic and attacking nature against a moving ball, where his ultra-positive mindset and apparent lack of defensive technique saw him play two very uncomfortable innings in Wellington.

If Shaw is to be a mainstay of this Indian side for years to come, then it is surely an area he will have to improve. Luckily for the young man, Rohit Sharma is expected to return to the first XI upon his return from injury. This may give the opener some much needed time to work on his all-round game, not just his attacking flair.

Published 27 Feb 2020, 08:14 IST
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