Cricket-Shaw struggles due to backlift twist

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NEW DELHI, Dec.27 (Reuters) – Prithvi Shaw’s backlift technique is responsible for his struggles in the test series in Australia, said heavy hitter Sachin Tendulkar.

Shaw was dropped for the ongoing second test in Melbourne after the 21-year-old scored zero and four in Adelaide where India recorded their lowest innings total (36) and were beaten in three days.

“I feel like it’s the backlift,” Tendulkar said on his YouTube channel of fellow player from Mumbai.

“I feel his hands move away from his body, then enter. So it’s a shovel, rather than a pendulum or a cradle, that goes in a straight line.

The bat’s curved arc makes Shaw particularly vulnerable to faster deliveries, said Tendulkar, who retired in 2013 as the most prolific batsman in international cricket.

“When you pick up you don’t get the timing right and you tuck the ball either on the outside or the inside.

“When you beat well your timing will be good, but when you are not the straighter backlift helps.”

Shaw, who scored a century in his tryout debut against the West Indies two years ago, may not get a chance to be forgiven for his performance in Adelaide in the rest of the series.

Shaw’s replacement Shubman Gill scored 45 points on his test debut in Melbourne, while opener Rohit Sharma, who is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, is expected to be fit for Game 3 in Sydney from January 7.

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