The young Indian opener, Prithvi Shaw has finally received a call back to the national squad for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand at the home. It was long due and he has received the opportunity after a huge gap of 537 days. The series will be commencing later this month in Ranchi. He has been in breathtaking form in the domestic circuit and only recently scored a record 379 in a Ranji Trophy match.
Following the big announcement late Friday night, Prithvi Shaw expressed his elation by sharing a series of Instagram posts as stories. Shaw, who made his debut for India back in 2018, last played for India almost 18 months ago, in a second-string Indian side for the tour of Sri Lanka. It also remains his only ever T20I appearance for the team, after having played six ODIs and five Tests.
Prithvi Shaw’s absence has been a constant point of debate in the cricketing fraternity as he kept on scoring a plethora of runs in the domestic circuit. In the 2022 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he was the second-highest run-getter with 363 runs in eight matches in a century and a fifty. And last week, he scored a 383-ball 379 in Ranji Trophy match against Assam – which is now the second-highest first-class score by an Indian batter.
Kuldeep Yadav also returned to the squad after having played his last T20I in August 2022. He will be one of the leg spinners alongside Yuzvendra Chahal.
Meanwhile, Sanju Samson will be missing out as he continues to recover from the knee injury that put him out of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. BCCI is yet to provide an update on Samson’s fitness, but he has been replaced by Jitesh Sharma, who will be one of the wicketkeeping options along with Ishan Kishan.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma too are out of the T20Is for the third consecutive series after the T20 World Cup and the BCCI release includes no clarification over their absence.