The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday, confirmed that Prithvi Shaw is fully fit and is available for selection across formats. Prithvi Shaw was named in the India A squad for the tour of New Zealand but could not depart with the rest of the team due to an injury. 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 fully recovered, BCCI confirmed. The board confirmed that the youngster has left for New Zealand to join the India A squad.
“Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw has completed his rehab at the NCA and has recovered from his left shoulder injury. He has been made available for selection for all formats of the game. Prithvi has left for New Zealand and will soon join India A,” stated BCCI.
A good performance for India A could very well see Prithvi Shaw making it to the Test team for the senior team’s tour of New Zealand. India will tour New Zealand for five T20Is, three ODIs, three Tests and there is still no clarity over who would be the backup opener in Tests. In the last two series, India had called up Shubman Gill as the backup opener after dropping KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw now has the chance to regain his spot in the Test side.
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.