'I’m Not…’ - Prithvi Shaw Sends Strong Message To BCCI After Being A Long-Time Absentee
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After an impressive return from injury during the Ranji Trophy 2024, Mumbai batter Prithvi Shaw emphasized that he isn't harboring expectations of an immediate comeback to the Indian team. Instead, his primary focus lies on aiding Mumbai in clinching the Ranji Trophy title.
Shaw marked his competitive cricket comeback with a scintillating 150 for Mumbai against Chhattisgarh in the ongoing 2023-24 Ranji Trophy. This innings, his 13th first-class century, demonstrated his readiness to perform despite the lengthy layoff. Opening the innings, Shaw wasted no time in asserting his dominance, reaching his fifty off just 43 deliveries, punctuated with eight fours and two sixes.
During his comeback knock, Shaw displayed his trademark aggressive style, showcasing a range of shots including cuts, pulls, and expansive drives against pacers, along with confident footwork against spinners.
When queried about his aspirations for an Indian team return, Shaw downplayed the notion, highlighting his immediate goal of securing the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai.
"I'm not looking too far ahead; my focus is on the present. I'm simply happy to be back playing cricket. After recovering from injury, my sole aim is to contribute towards winning the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai," said Prithvi Shaw in an interview with The Indian Express.
Reflecting on his return to the crease after a five-month hiatus due to injury, Shaw admitted feeling a bit unsettled initially but found his rhythm as he spent more time at the crease.
"I was eager to perform but had concerns about whether I could play in my natural style. How would I approach my comeback, and whether it would be successful or not—these were the thoughts on my mind. However, as I spent more time batting, things fell into place," Shaw elaborated.
In the match against Chhattisgarh, Shaw reached his century before lunch, becoming the first Indian to achieve two centuries in the opening session of a first-class cricket match. This feat mirrored his earlier accomplishment against Assam when he scored a monumental 383-ball 379, the second-highest score in Ranji Trophy history.
Shaw's meteoric rise began with a scorching Test debut century against the West Indies at the age of 18, drawing comparisons to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. However, despite the initial acclaim, his international career has suffered setbacks since then, with his last appearance for India dating back to 2021.