On Thursday, captain of the Mumbai team, Prithvi Shaw hammered a double hundred in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. The opener achieved this feat against Puducherry at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Prithvi Shaw becomes only the 4th batsman to notch up a double ton in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The other 3: Karn Veer Kaushal (Uttarakhand) 202 (135) vs Sikkim 2018; Sanju Samson(Kerala) – 212* (129) vs Goa; 2019 Yashasvi Jaiswal (Mumbai) – 203(154) vs Jharkhand, 2019.
The right-hander harrumphed 31 fours and 5 sixes in his unbeaten innings of 227 runs from 152 balls against helpless Puducherry bowlers as Mumbai posted a mammoth total of 457.
Along with Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, who has received his maiden India call-up for the T20I series against England, also smashed a hundred – 133 from just 58 balls. It was the second ton for Shaw in the third match of the tournament.
Prithvi Shaw making a case for a comeback in the Indian team
His scores in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy – 105*,34,227* – have come as a much-needed relief and a confidence booster for the young opener who was at the sea for a long time.
Since cricket began in the pandemic era, Prithvi Shaw hasn’t tasted much success and instead copped plenty of criticism. Opening for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020, he started off well with a couple of fifties in 4 matches, but his season fell off the cliff after that. In the next 9 innings in the IPL he was dismissed 7 times for 10 or less; the 21-year-old ended the season – where he was eventually dropped for the final – with an average of 17..54.
His dismal rut with the bat continued in the Australia tour as well – the diminutive opener was bowled for 0 and 4 in the Adelaide Test, once again being exposed for the flaws in his technique, and was consequently dropped from the Indian team.
His under-19 teammate, Shubman Gill has fixed the opening position with Rohit Sharma, and Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are the backup openers. Shaw will look to make a comeback in the national setup with the sheer weight of runs in domestic cricket and the upcoming season of the IPL.