Making a strong comeback from injury, Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw showcased his brilliance with a spectacular century against Chhattisgarh in the Ranji Trophy 2024. After a lengthy hiatus due to a knee injury, Shaw played only his second professional match and made a resounding impact. His innings of 159 runs off 185 balls, including 18 fours and a six, played a pivotal role in Mumbai’s strong start on Day 1 in Raipur.
Teaming up with opening partner Bhupen Lalwani, Prithvi Shaw contributed to a massive 244-run partnership off just 368 balls. The 24-year-old batsman accelerated to his fifty in just 43 balls, eventually reaching the century milestone in 102 balls. Shaw continued his onslaught, taking another 67 balls to complete his remarkable 150 runs. This century marked his 13th in First-Class cricket, adding to his impressive record, which includes a Test century as well.
Prithvi Shaw’s return to the field follows a period of rehabilitation and clearance from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after undergoing surgery for his knee injury sustained while playing for Northamptonshire in August 2023. The Mumbai batsman missed several major domestic tournaments during his recovery.
Century in first session of a Ranji Trophy match:
JN Seth (Delhi) v Southern Punjab, 1950
Bharat Awasthy (Services) v J&K, 1965
Prithvi Shaw (Mumbai) v Chhattisgarh, TODAY
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) February 9, 2024
In his comeback game against Bengal, Prithvi Shaw showed glimpses of his form with a score of 35 runs but missed converting it into a big innings. However, Mumbai emerged victorious in that fixture, winning by an innings and four runs.
Prior to his injury, Prithvi Shaw was in exceptional form during the One Day Cup 2023, where he emerged as the leading run-scorer for his team with an impressive tally of 429 runs from four innings, boasting an average of 143 and an exceptional strike rate of 152.66, including two centuries.
Despite Shaw’s heroics, Mumbai faced a subsequent collapse after the 244-run opening stand, with Amogh Bhatkal and captain Ajinkya Rahane departing early. The team found itself at 306/4, highlighting the fragility of the batting order after a promising start.