Shaw, who was preferred over the in-form Shubman Gill for the opening slot for the pink ball Test, chopped on a Mitchell Starc delivery back onto his stumps in the first over of the match to fall for a two ball duck.
Shaw, who had a horrendous IPL in the UAE, failed to turn things around in the two warm up games in Australia.
In IPL 2020, Shaw sored a total of 228 runs in this season in 13 matches at an average of 17.53. Shaw’s last 8 IPL scores were – 19, 4, 0, 0, 7, 10, 9 and 0.
The 21-year-old’s inclusion in the Indian playing XI, which was announced by the BCCI on social media on Wednesday came as a surprise to many.
Shaw’s dismissal for a duck was criticised by many on social media.
Consistent ducker! #PrithviShaw #INDvsAUS
— Nishant Tiwari 7️⃣ (@charsochayasi) 1608179393000
Even a regular cricket follower knows better technique than #PrithviShaw And how many times commentators say don’… https://t.co/Sdbhs4Gix4
— Guddu Kumar (@Kguddu935) 1608181489000
Got out early to promote 5G speed #PrithviShaw https://t.co/4wUDuk9EQX
— Logesh (@LoGiDuDu) 1608178787000
#PrithviShaw Vs cummins Hazelwood and starc on day 1 #Shaw https://t.co/QRv6lhZ7dP
— Akshay Sharma (@AkshayS76169779) 1608178433000
Prithvi Shaw is wasting opportunities @cricketaakash #INDvAUS #AUSvIND https://t.co/2pS2Ibx4o3
— tabshir (@tabshir8) 1608181853000
Two different batsmen !! Two different approaches to weather the new ball !! Shaw tries to push & Pujara waits for… https://t.co/Dzoy29teuT
— D I N A K A R (@Mr_GopalBtech) 1608182561000
Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border, after whom the India vs Australia series is named, had weighed in on the Gill vs Shaw debate. Many felt Gill, who was on Wednesday named as the 12th man for the first Test would have been a better fit as opener alongside Mayank Agarwal, going by current form. Gill’s technique, especially after a solid 65 in the second warm-up match in Sydney was widely praised.
In the two warm-up games, Gill’s scores were – 0, 29, 43 and 65. He got better with every knock, while Shaw, with scores of 0, 19, 40 and 3 looked out of sorts.
“I know you guys (rate) Shaw but it seems to me like he plays a shot-a-ball. Against the new ball, he looks good on flat tracks, but in Australia, you’ve got to be a little bit more watchful about your shot selection,” Border had earlier said.
“I’ve been in Sydney the last couple of days, watching the Indian team against Australia A. I was impressed with Gill. I really think he’s got something about him, his technique. I know he’s young so he can play a few rash shots here and there, but he looks a seriously good player, this kid. He would be my pick out of the guys I saw”, Border added.
“I think he’s (Shaw) got to spend a little more time assessing his batting. Because as an opening batsman, you’ve got to give yourself time to see what the pitch is doing, see what the bowlers are doing,” Sunil Gavaskar had earlier said.
Shaw will have to come back strong in the second innings. Another failure will only put more pressure on him and also on the team management to make a potential change for the second Test.