Gambhir Says, Prithvi Shaw Should Not Be Compared With Virender Sehwag

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New Delhi: GautamGambhir, former India test team opener, said that newcomer Prithvi Shaw should not be compared with cricketing great VirenderSehwag after the teenager’s century on Test debut against West Indies. He also warned that the No 1 Test side won’t have it easy on their Australia tour at the year end.

India travel to Australia after the home series against West Indies and play four Tests besides limited-overs games. They are hoping to make amends, having lost their last two Test series in South Africa and England.

“He (Shaw) is impressive, very talented -- that is why he is there. He started his Test career on a very good note but there will be far bigger and far difficult challenges awaiting him.”

However, he urged everyone not to compare the 18-year-old, the first Indian opener to hit a century on Test debut, with any other player. “Whoever is comparing (Shaw with Sehwag) needs to think before doing that… He has just started his career and there is a long way to go. I have never believed in comparisons. He has his own individuality and Sehwag has his own. He has played one match and Sehwag over 100 Tests,” he said.

Gambhir hoped the new opening pair — KL Rahul and Shaw with uncapped MayankAgarwal in contention — set the tone for the team.

“It is important for any opening batsman to succeed in Australia because that is where India struggled in England, because there were not good enough partnerships. If you want to succeed overseas or anywhere, you need a good platform.”

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