India’s Test opener Prithvi Shaw has not only recovered from the shoulder injury but has also passed the fitness test which has brightened up his chances of making it to the team for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. The highly-rated batsman is also set to join the India A squad in New Zealand soon. Soon after being named in the India A squad, he suffered an injury on his shoulder during the Ranji Trophy clash against Karnataka.
The youngster was rushed to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru where the extent of his injury was assessed before he was ruled out of India A’s practice matches. But the injury was not as serious as initially thought of and the batsman has now almost recovered. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA. He looks set to fly to New Zealand later this week.
“He cleared the mandatory yo-yo test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Tuesday morning. He should be flying on the 16th or 17th of January to join the India A side in New Zealand,” a source told TOI.
Though he missed the two warm-up games, Shaw will thus feature in the first One-Dayer between India A and New Zealand A on January 22.
My favourite sound. The sound when the ball hits the middle of my bat. Superb net sessions going on. pic.twitter.com/Iw8bUJXE4N
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) January 14, 2020
One of the reasons that the selectors did not pick the Test team on Sunday was that they were unsure about Prithvi Shaw’s fitness. In all likelihood now, Shaw will be selected in India’s Test team as the third opener. The Test and ODI squad would be announced on January 19.
Prithvi Shaw in good form:
Ever since returning to action after serving the doping ban, Prithvi Shaw has been in stunning form. He scored 240 runs in five innings, including three half-centuries, for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He followed that up with scores of 66 and 202, his maiden first-class double century, in Mumbai’s 309-run win over Baroda in their Ranji Trophy opener in December.