First ODI: Raman backs Shaw to partner skipper Dhawan

PTIUpdated: Saturday, July 17, 2021, 11:10 PM IST
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Mumbai: Former India batsman WV Raman has backed Prithvi Shaw to open in the upcoming limited overs series against Sri Lanka alongside skipper Shikhar Dhawan as young Mumbaikar needs to be given enough opportunities to succeed in his comeback trail.

Shaw was dropped after an indifferent first Test in Adelaide but since then scored heavily in domestic one day competition to force his way back into the national team.

"I think you would probably have Shikhar (Dhawan) opening obviously, because one is that is the captain and two is that you would probably think of having Prithvi Shaw, he has played for the country, he has done well," said Raman.

"You need to try and give him as much (many) opportunities as possible for him to get back into form, because he is young and got enormous talent," said Raman, who was associated with NCA and had monitored progress of junior cricketers before being appointed head coach of the women's team, a post he had recently relinquished.

The Indian squad comprises many openers like Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, apart from Dhawan and Shaw, but Raman felt that having played for India earlier would go into Shaw's favour.

"Yes, you do have immensely talented (Devdutt) Padikkal and the rest, but having being there before and done it, I think Prithvi Shaw would probably get the first draw from the others because that is how it always happens," explained Raman, who was also the women's head coach.

Raman also praised Suryakumar Yadav, who has had a fine start to his international career against England earlier this year, saying he has improved in leaps and bounds.

"I was associated with the KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) and he (Surya) was part of (it), in fact KKR bought him in 2014.

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