Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw has echoed the sentiments expressed by his teammate, Ravichandran Ashwin, regarding the dynamics among players in the national team. Ashwin recently surprised fans by revealing that players in the Indian team are more like “colleagues” than friends. Shaw, a promising young opening batter, corroborated Ashwin’s viewpoint, highlighting the limited openness among players. While they do engage in conversation, Shaw disclosed that personal matters remain largely undisclosed within the team.
During an interview with Cricbuzz, Shaw was asked about the teammate he confides in regarding the challenges he faces in his career. The talented Delhi Capitals player disclosed that he has never truly confided in anyone within the team.
“While there is communication among teammates, opening up on a personal level rarely happens. At least, I have never done it. We engage in playful banter, but personal matters have always been kept private,” Shaw shared.
When questioned about the individuals he turns to when seeking support or advice, Shaw mentioned his father and his coach as his primary confidants.
“I often talk to my father. For cricket-related matters, I reach out to my coach, Prashant Shetty. I can honestly say that nowadays, I prefer keeping my thoughts to myself. I internalize them,” he revealed.
When asked whether his decision to withhold his thoughts stemmed from feeling intruded upon, the 23-year-old explained that while he used to readily share, he has become more guarded.
“I used to speak openly. In the past, if someone was kind to me, I would readily open up. However, I discovered that some individuals would talk behind my back. It happened multiple times. But now, it doesn’t bother me. I realized that the world works differently,” Shaw elaborated.
“The concept of a ‘best friend’ is something we create. We have friends, and I am also a friend to others. But the notion of a ‘best friend’ doesn’t hold true. You don’t share everything with them. You wouldn’t give them your ATM pin, would you? People say a ‘best friend’ is someone you share everything with. But we can’t share everything, can we?” he questioned.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is based on the statements made by Prithvi Shaw in an interview with Cricbuzz.