Tom Moody Questions Prithvi Shaw's Exclusion from Delhi Capitals' Playing XI

Tom Moody Questions Prithvi Shaw's Exclusion from Delhi Capitals' Playing XI

Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has expressed his bewilderment over the exclusion of Prithvi Shaw from the Delhi Capitals' (DC) playing XI in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season. Moody believes that Shaw's international experience and talent warrant his inclusion in the team, despite his recent struggles in the IPL.

"It doesn't make sense to have an Indian international player like Prithvi Shaw sitting in the dugout," Moody told ESPNcricinfo. "Yes, he hasn't performed in the IPL as we had hoped, but you can't score runs from the dugout."

Shaw, who has represented India in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, has been overlooked for DC's first two matches in IPL 2024. Ricky Bhui has been given the nod instead, but has failed to impress with scores of 3 and 0 against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), respectively.

Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer also questioned Shaw's continued omission from the playing XI. "Now that they have held onto him and not let him go into the auction, I'm surprised they're not playing him," Jaffer said. "He's played for Mumbai for most of the season, so you'd imagine that he's fit. I'm surprised. Punishing him and then losing the games is not the way to go forward."

Shaw's exclusion has raised concerns about the gap between domestic cricket and the intensity of international cricket and the IPL. Moody highlighted this disparity after Ricky Bhui's dismissal for a duck against RR. "That's exactly what you'd like to see a genuine quick bowler do," Moody said. "And to do it to a top-order player is even more alarming. What it does also is highlight the jump between Ranji Trophy runs to international cricket and IPL."

The Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals will be eager to secure their first win in IPL 2024 when they face reigning champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. Shaw's inclusion in the playing XI could provide the team with the spark they need to turn their fortunes around.

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