India’s young batting sensation Prithvi Shaw has made a remarkable comeback in competitive cricket after serving a retrospective eight-month suspension by the BCCI for failing a dope Test. He impressed in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and has carried the same form in the Ranji Trophy too. Playing his first Ranji Trophy game since serving his doping ban, he let his bat do the talking against Baroda.
The batting prodigy scored 66 from 62 deliveries as Mumbai got off to a brisk start to the game. Prithvi Shaw took the Baroda bowling attack to cleaners with superb strokes. His fluent knock included as many as 11 fours and a six before he was outsmarted by an inswinger from Abhimanyu Rajput.
It is also worth mentioning here that India vice-captain and senior batsman Ajinkya Rahane was the pick of the batsmen for Mumbai as he scored a 145-ball 79 before getting dismissed by Yusuf Pathan. Mumbai ended the opening day at 362/8.
Shaw is giving absolutely everything to make a comeback to the national team. Before his onfield batting exploits against Baroda, he was magnificent with the willow in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game against Assam. The right-handed batsman scored a 39-ball 63 to help his team beat the opponent by 83 runs. Shaw has made it clear that he wants to make up for the lost time on the field.
My job is to score runs and win games for the team: Prithvi Shaw
The 20-year-old has made his stance clear when asked about his national team comeback and has left the decision to the Indian selectors to decide his future. He stated that he wants to focus on scoring as many runs as possible and take his game to the next level.
“Now I will focus on scoring as many runs as possible and win games for the team. I will just keep scoring runs. It is all about the selectors and what they think. My job is to score runs and win games for the team,” Shaw had said last month after his comeback.
India’s next Test assignment is against New Zealand in February next year and Shaw will be hoping that he continues to deliver for Mumbai. A handful of good outings will surely put him in contention for a spot in the Test side.