Prithvi Shaw- who was once referred to as the young prodigal talent of Indian cricket and had a sensational debut in Tests is currently out of favour from the national team. In addition to that given his fitness and behavioral concerns, his comeback in the Indian team looks like a distant dream in the current scenario.
The Mumbai batter was termed as the successor to the great Sachin Tendulkar but wasn’t able to handle the immense talent he possessed and the limelight he got at such a young age which is after such a fantastic start to his career, his career graph just nosedived resulting to his ouster from the Indian setup.
Instead of taking in on his chin, the talented young batter contrary to expectations because much more inconsistent in his performances and gained more weight which made him unfit to play on the international stage. In addition to all this, his behavioural issues and injuries made the situation worse for the 24-year-old batter.
Prithvi Shaw’s road to recovery
Currently, Prithvi Shaw is doing his rehabilitation in the NCA in Bengaluru to recover from the knee injury that he suffered last year in August. Since then, he has not played any competitive cricket and is still recovering from the injury.
According to reports, he is showing good progress and has started batting in nets but is still nowhere close to featuring in competitive cricket. He is set to miss this year’s Ranji Trophy and will likely make his comeback with the shorter format of the game which is probably the IPL.
A source close to Prithvi Shaw informed Cricketnext about his recent progress and that he is currently under the supervision of NCA and the Indian Cricket Board’s medical panel. He said, “Prithvi Shaw has been in the NCA for months now, doing rehab and following all the necessary recovery protocols. It is safe to say that he is batting normally in the nets but is still a bit far from getting clearance to play competitive cricket again. As of now, it looks very unlikely that he will play in the Ranji Trophy.”
He further added, “It is highly unlikely that NCA will give clearance to play Ranji Trophy directly. No one wants him to have a breakdown after such a long rehab programme so it’s a rather safe approach to have him back in a shorter format. By then there will be enough time to put the body through match simulations and other high-intensity drills.”