Prithvi Shaw has returned to competitive cricket after being sidelined for almost five months due to an ankle injury he suffered in the County One-Day Cup. He is playing in the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai and in his second game of the season against Chattisgarh, Prithvi Shaw showed his batting prowess by smashing a quick century where he scored 159 off 185 balls. He completed his century before the end of the first session of the first day, reminding everyone of his attacking stroke play.
Prithvi Shaw made his debut for his Indian team in 2018 when West Indies He toured India. Shaw was asked to open the innings on his Test debut and impressed everyone by scoring a century on his debut in India, but a major drop in form followed which eventually led to him being banned from all three formats. His last appearance for India was against Sri Lanka in 2021 when he was selected for the second team while the first team was in England for the WTC finals and the series against England.
Recently, in an interview with The Indian Express, Prithvi Shaw was asked about his return to India. He has no expectations about his return to India and is currently concentrating on his Ranji Trophy campaign with Mumbai. He has been out of the Indian team for the last three years and had a few terrible seasons in the IPL for Delhi Capitals.
“I don’t think too far ahead and I want to stay in the present. There are no expectations, I am happy to be playing cricket again. I just came back from an injury and I just want to do my best. My goal is to win the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai and I am trying to achieve that by contributing as much as I can in the future.” Prithvi Shaw told the Indian Express.
Prithvi Shaw talks about his return to cricket
Prithvi Shaw experienced some unfamiliarity after returning to the game after a good five months and mentioned that when he came to the crease, he felt a little uncomfortable but then gradually regained his confidence as he continued his innings. He said that he wasn’t nervous but that he felt a little strange but that he stayed motivated.
“I wanted to do well, but at some point I wondered if I would be able to bat with my style or not. Kaise kheloonga (how I will play), when I will return and whether it will be with a good score or not. These were the thoughts that were going around. But after staying for a few hours, everything became normal. I was not nervous but the feeling was a bit ajeeb (strange) when I resumed my batting. However, I did a match simulation and motivated myself to think that everything would be fine. My body language was fine.” He explained.
Prithvi Shaw will also be seen in action for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2024 and would like to end his poor run in the IPL. He has not performed well in the last two seasons and IPL 2023 was one of the worst seasons for Shaw as a batsman. He has a lot of potential and good timing but needs to perform and work on his consistency to be reconsidered for the Indian team.