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Ravi Shastri On Prithvi Shaw Says, There's A Bit Of Sachin There, A Bit Of Viru And A Bit Of Lara

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| October 15 , 2018 , 15:13 IST

Indian cricket head coach Ravi Shastri on Sunday came out all praises on India's teenager opener Prithvi Shaw and compared him to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag.

Speaking to media, after the match Ravi Shastri said, "He (Shaw) is born to play cricket. He's been playing since the age of eight in the maidans of Mumbai. You can see all that hard work showing. He's a spectator's delight. There's a bit of Sachin there, a bit of Viru in him and when he walks there's a bit of Lara as well. If he can keep his head on his shoulders and keep the work ethic, he has a bright future."

The Virat Kohli led-Indian team went on to register their tenth consecutive Test series win at home by beating the West Indies team by 10 wickets in the second and final cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.

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The Indian opener Shaw smashed a quickfire 52-ball 70 on the second day of the second Test to give India a flying start, days after cracking a century on debut.

Ravi Shastri also praised pacer Umesh Yadav, who scalped a 10 wickets haul to become only the third Indian pacer to achieve the feat after Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath.

Indian head coach also said, "It can be a frustrating profession when you sit on the bench like Umesh for four Tests. Only 11 can play. He got his opportunity here and I'm very happy for him. It's been done only four times (ten-for for a pacer in India)."

"What this will do is make him believe that he belongs. He can say now that he wants his place. That's given us a headache. He was on target," Shastri said of the pacer.

Shastri also lauded 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, while backing K L Rahul to regain his touch.

"I think (Rahul) will be fine. He's a world-class player. Sometimes he tries too hard. He works really hard on his game. Pant is another name. He got his opportunity, he grabbed it, now he has consolidated it," the coach added.