Virat Kohli wants to protect teenager Prithvi Shaw after being compared to Sachin Tendulkar following his Test debut century against West Indies.
Shaw, 18, became India’s second youngest player to hit a Test debut century after scoring 134 runs in the first Test victory in Rajkot.
Tendulkar still holds the record when he made 119 against England aged 17 but Kohli has warned not to expect too much from the young batsman.
“We are all very happy for him but I don’t think we should compare him to anyone yet or we should put him in a space where he starts feeling pressure,” Kohli told media on the eve of the second Test against West Indies.
“He should be left to enjoy his cricket and slowly grow into the cricketer that we all believe he can be.
“He has shown that in the first Test already and we believe he can keep repeating that because he is a very keen learner, he is a very sharp guy and he understands situations really well.”
Kohli admits his been impressed with the young talent of Shaw, 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant and batsman Hanuma Vihari, 24, after playing in the IPL.
“One always feels that pressure when you wear your country’s cap on the morning of the match but yes, I think it’s not as intense as say 10-15 years back when you didn’t have any exposure to this kind of cricket,” he added
“They have played in situations like the IPL where they have played in front of so many people that they are not nervous any more of the big stage,” he said.
“They are not overawed by the scenario and I think that’s always going to be an advantage because the guys can be fearless and they can start doing the job from game one.”
The former gloveman expressed his concerns after Test players Karun Nair and Murali Vijay were omitted from the squad for the West Indies series, with both players saying no selector spoke to them about the reasons behind their exclusion. Prasad later stated he had communicated with Nair and Vijay.
Talking to the Press Trust of India, Kirmani said: “If you ask me Ravi Shastri is the main selector, being the coach. He along with captain and senior members will discuss and put what they want across to the selection committee.
“The current selection committee, with due respect, is inexperienced compared to these guys (Shastri and Kohli). And they better listen to what the team management wants because they cannot debate with Shastri and Kohli, who have much more experience,” said the 68-year-old, who played 88 Tests for the country and became chief selector in 2003.
The current five-member India selection panel includes chief selector Prasad who played six Tests and 17 ODIs. Others are low on international experience as well; Sarandeep Singh (3 Tests, 5 ODIs), Devang Gandhi (4 Tests, 3 ODIs), Jatin Paranjpe (4 ODIs) and Gagan Khoda (2 ODIs).
More drama is expected during West Indies’ tour of India with a second state association expressing its inability to host an international match.
Earlier, the second ODI between India and the West Indies was moved from Indore to Visakhapatnam after a dispute over complimentary ticket allocations. It came after a dispute between the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and the BCCI over the number of tickets made available to officials from the governing body as well as sponsors and team officials.
Now, it’s the turn of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MC) with the local body saying it is unable to host the fourth ODI on October 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in the absence of any office bearers to pay its vendors, according to a report in the Indian Express.
Earlier, the Mumbai association faced the embarrassment of being unable to pay the hotel bills for its state team during the local Vijay Hazare tournament in Bangalore after the Indian board forced to help them out. The MCA is likely to meet BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to explain their situation.
Apparently, the Bombay High Court had appointed two administrators to oversee the functioning of MCA but their term ended on September 15. As of now, CEO CS Naik is in charge but in the absence of any authorised signatory, all payments at Mumbai association have been suspended, including salaries to staff members and players’ daily allowances.
“MCA doesn’t have any signatory, so who will sign payments, who will appoint vendors? Who will conduct the entire game? In such circumstances, it will be very difficult for us to hold an international game. We will put all this case in front of BCCI let them take a call,” the report quoted an official as saying.