Prithvi Shaw scored a century on debut in the first Test against West Indies at Rajkot. @ AFP
Prithvi Shaw scored a century on debut in the first Test against West Indies at Rajkot. @ AFP

Prithvi Shaw’s dream debut in the first Test against West Indies at Rajkot where he scored a century saw many comparing him to former India opener Virender Sehwag. India’s veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir reckons people should think twice before comparing Sehwag, who has played 104 Tests, to Shaw.

“Whoever is comparing [Prithvi with Sehwag] need to think twice before comparing. Ultimately, you should not compare anyone to anyone. He [Shaw] has just started his career and there is a long way to go. I have never believed in comparisons,” Gambhir said on Wednesday.

“He [Shaw] has got his own individuality and Sehwag had his own individuality. He has just started his career and someone like Sehwag has played 100 Test matches.”

Gambhir, however, feels that Shaw will face much bigger challenges ahead. “Obviously, he’s [Shaw] impressive. He’s very talented and that’s why he is there. The important thing is that he started off his Test career on a very good note, but there will be far bigger and far difficult challenges waiting for him,” he said.

The right-handed batsman, who played 148 One Days and 58 Tests, is confident Australia can still pose a threat to India without former captain Steve Smith and David Warner, currently serving one-year suspensions for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in March this year.

India will begin their tour Down Under on November 21 when the first of the three-match T20I series gets underway. Both teams will then be involved in a four-Test series beginning on December 6. The three-match ODI series will kick off on January 12.

“It’s got to be a challenge, big challenge [in Australia]. We might talk about Australian batting because they don’t have Smith and Warner but they still have a formidable batting [line-up] in their backyard,” he said.

“They have really exciting players like Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch. They have the bowling attack to hurt any opposition. They have got the pace, they know their conditions and they probably have the best off-spinner [Nathon Lyon] in the world right now.

“It’s not going to be a cakewalk. [Playing] Australia in Australia, whatever batting they play, they are still a massive threat,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gambhir played it safe when asked about if Risbhabh Pant is fit enough to fill MS Dhoni‘s shoes behind the stumps ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

“There’s never been a right time and there’s never been a wrong time. It really depends on the combination and ultimately, it’s your performance that will keep you in the side, not the age.

“Whether you are 36 or 37 or 47, if you keep performing you should be playing and ultimately it is the performance that keeps you in,” he said.