As Prithvi Shaw’s streak of failures continues in Australia, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin believes that it is important for the youngster to tighten his defence.

After falling for a duck in the first innings in Adelaide, Shaw lasted just four balls in the second innings of the first Test before being cleaned up by Pat Cummins for just four runs – raising serious doubts over his future.

“No matter how great a batsman you are, as an opener, you have to have solid defence, while facing quality Australian bowlers,” Azharuddin told Sportstar.

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“He has enormous talent but his game is free-flowing, and there will be days when he can rip apart opponents. But that won’t happen everyday. As an opener, the basic job is to take the shine off the new ball. Even if you don’t score too many…

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