Prithvi Shaw is set to make comeback in the competitive cricket after being sidelined for three months. He sustained an ankle injury during a practice game in Australia, which ruled him out from the four-match Test series. He is named in the Mumbai squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which will commence from February 21 in Indore.
“I am really looking forward to taking the field again and performing at my best. I have missed playing competitive cricket due to my injury and I’m ready now to give my best for Mumbai and India,” Shaw told TOI.
Shaw made his debut in Test cricket in October 2018 against the visiting Windies in Rajkot where he scored a magnificent century. At the same time, he became the youngest Indian batsman to score a century on debut when he hit 134 in the Rajkot Test at the age of 18 years, 10 months and 25 days.
However, an untimely injury ruled him out from what would be a tough challenge. Talking about his injury, Shaw said “I thought I would recover, but the swelling would keep coming back. Initially, I was very sad to miss the Tests in Australia, because I wanted to win games for India. I would have gained good experience playing against a quality attack, but I can’t do anything about it. However, I felt better when we beat Australia in the Test series.”
The 19-year-old cleared the Yo-Yo Test on Thursday in National Cricket Academy (NCA) and convinced the Mumbai selectors about his fitness ahead of the domestic tournament. Ajinkya Rahane will be seen leading the Mumbai side in the competition.
Other batting regulars Shreyas Iyer, Siddhesh Lad, Surya Kumar Yadav and experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare have been named in the squad
Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Akash Parkar, Eknath Kerkar, Dhrumil Matkar, Shams Mulani, Shubham Ranjane, Tushar Deshpande, Royston Dias.