Prithvi Shaw
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3 Reasons Why Prithvi Shaw Must Be Fast-Tracked In The Indian Team Before The 2023 ODI World Cup. Prithvi Shaw has played only 5 Tests, 6 ODIs, and 1 T20I and has amassed 339 runs averaging 42.37 in Tests and 189 runs averaging 31.5 in ODIs.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Twitter)

Prithvi Shaw last played for the national team in July on Sri Lanka 2021 tour and was out for a first-ball duck on his T20I debut (the only T20I he played). He has played 6 ODIs, scoring 189 runs and 5 Tests with 339 runs with one century to his name.

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Prithvi Shaw has played just a solitary T20I for India to date. He wasn’t even selected in the second-string squads that traveled to Ireland, West Indies, and Zimbabwe. With opening being a serious issue in T20Is after the T20 World Cup 2022 debacle, it was baffling that Prithvi Shaw didn’t get a call-up for the New Zealand tour.

Prithvi Shaw though remains in contention for a spot in the 2023 ODI World Cup slated in October-November, as regular openers Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, and Rohit Sharma have been inconsistent, to say the least. Not much experienced Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan have been prolific as of late, but the question remains whether they would carry that form in the 2023 ODI World Cup.

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3 Reasons Why Prithvi Shaw Must Be Fast-Tracked In The Indian Team Before The 2023 ODI World Cup

1. Inexperience Of Openers Shubman Gill And Ishan Kishan

Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan Photo Credit: (BCCI)

The Punjab-born Shubman Gill has featured in 12 ODI games in the 50-over format and notched up 638 runs that too at an impressive strike rate of 102.57, which includes four half-centuries and one century. He was recalled in 2022 after playing only 3 ODIs in 2019 and 2020 and he managed 638 runs averaging 70.89.

Shubman Gill was Man of the series in the ODI series against West Indies and Zimbabwe where he amassed 205 and 245 runs respectively averaging 102.5 and 122.5. He however isn’t much experienced as Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Shikhar Dhawan.

Ishan Kishan is an emerging wicketkeeper-batsman and opener for the Indian team. The keeper has played 10 ODIs where he amassed 477 runs averaging 53 with 3 fifties and a double ton in his last ODI.

Young Ishan Kishan got his chance in the third and final inconsequential ODI against Bangladesh at Chattogram against Bangladesh after captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to an injury. Ishan Kishan eventually perished for 210 off 131 balls. His innings was laced with 10 sixes and 24 boundaries. However, like Shubman Gill, he is also inexperienced in the ODI format.

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