A labral tear in the left shoulder, confirmed through a MRI scan on Saturday, has left the batsman out of action for three weeks. He is presently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and those in-charge of his recovery expect the batsman to be part of India ‘A’s two four-day matches in New Zealand next month.
The two four-day India ‘A’ vs New Zealand ‘A’ matches scheduled at Christchurch and Lincoln, in New Zealand, will begin on January 30 and conclude on February 10. With the senior Indian team scheduled to play a three-day practice match at Seddon Park, Hamilton from February 14 — ahead of the two Test matches against New Zealand — it will be a race against time for Shaw to make himself available.
“So, very unlikely that he’ll be part of India’s Test squad against New Zealand. Where’s the place anyway? Mayank and Rohit at the top, Rahul is an option — they’re all likely to play the second-four-day game at Lincoln too. He could’ve started this year on a brilliant note,” say those in the know.
For the record, Shubman Gill, who will captain the India ‘A’ team in New Zealand, too is in the running for a toporder slot.
In all likelihood, Shaw will now have to make himself count in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after returning from New Zealand with the India ‘A’ team. For a batsman who has a hundred on Test debut, it clearly doesn’t augur well that he’s been missing out on opportunities in the fiveday format for close to 15 months now and is unlikely to see himself in Test whites all of 2020.
“Whose loss is it? How long will it take for him to understand that he was brought into the Test team ahead of Mayank Agarwal, who was the most prolific and consistent run-getter in the domestic circuit that time. If Prithvi is not making the opportunity count, he can only blame himself. It’s his lifestyle causing all the mess,” add sources. Reports of a poor lifestyle are clearly not exaggerated. Those in charge of the teams that Shaw has played for are now being more vocal than ever about the 20-year-old’s way of life — off the field.
“I wouldn’t like to cite particular instances though there’s a list of misconducts that have been reported. The last one was in Baroda. The Mumbai team manager was very angry and reported an incident. I wouldn’t like to get into details here but something’s very wrong. Someone needs to have a very clear and serious chat with him,” add those tracking developments.
From shooting to prominence with a 330-ball 546 in a local school tournament to being the youngest batsman to score a Duleep Trophy century on debut, leading India to title in the Under-19 World Cup and finally making a dream debut in Tests with a hundred — Shaw came up the ranks at a pace like few others. He’s busy hurrying back to square one these days at the same pace, or so has it begun to appear.