Considered the next big thing in Indian cricket at one stage, Prithvi Shaw made his mark with an outstanding hundred in a Ranji Trophy match against Chattisgarh. Prithvi Shaw recovered from his knee injury, picked up during his County stint with Northamptonshire last year. He is now eager to go again and talk about his immediate goal after a comeback to the cricket field. We will talk about it in detail in this article. So don’t go anywhere.
Prithvi Shaw talked about his immediate goal
The star batter picked up a knee injury during his County Stint with Northamptonshire last year. Due to injury, he missed most parts of the domestic season including Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (VHT). Before the injury, Prithvi Shaw has done well for Northamptonshire, scoring 429 runs in 4 games with an average of 143. He played a record-breaking knock of 244 against Somerset before smashing 126 against Durham.
Now, after injury, Shaw talked about his immediate goal going forward. The right-handed batter said he was not thinking too far ahead. He just wanted to contribute to the team and win Ranji Trophy with Mumbai.
Prithvi Shaw, in an interview with The Indian Express, said – “I’m focused on the present and not looking too far ahead. I’m just happy to be back playing cricket after my injury. I want to give my best, aiming to win the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai. I’ll contribute as much as I can towards that goal.”
While talking about the emotions he has carried after a comeback, he stressed about good body language and not feeling nervous.
“I wasn’t nervous, but it felt a bit strange when I started batting again. However, I did a practice match and kept telling myself everything would be okay. My body language was good.” – Shaw added.
Prithvi Shaw Runs Scored in This Ranji Trophy Season
Prithvi Shaw made a comeback with a Ranji game against Bengal. In the first inning, he got a quick start of 35 runs off just 42 balls, including 5 fours. But he didn’t convert that start into a big score. Mumbai scored 412 in the first inning and won the game by an innings and 4 runs.
As we are writing this article, the match between Chattisgarh and Mumbai is going on at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur. The opener has scored a magnificent 159 runs off just 185 balls, which includes 18 fours and 3 sixes. Along with his opening partner, Bhupen Lalwani, he added 244 runs for the first wicket. Bhupen also scored 102 runs off 238 balls with 10 fours. At one stage, Mumbai was looking set to post a big first-inning total. But after that partnership, they collapsed and bowled out for 351.
Mumbai just took a one-run lead in the first inning. Prithvi Shaw again got a quick start in the 2nd inning of this match. He scored 45 runs off 58 balls with 6 fours before Shubham Singh got him out in the 21st over. Right now, Mumbai is leading by 135 runs with Bhupen Lalwani and captain Ajinkya Rahane at the crease.
Prithvi Shaw’s last appearance for Team India
Prithvi Shaw played his last game for Team India in 2021 against Sri Lanka in a T20I game in Colombo. Till now, he has played five tests, six ODIs, and one T20I for Team India.
Delhi Capitals retained him for the IPL 2024
The Delhi Capitals franchise showed faith in him and retained him for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season despite his poor show in the last season. In IPL 2023, Shaw only managed to score 106 runs in 8 games with an average of 13.25.
So these are the immediate goals of Prithvi Shaw after a comeback from injury. Right now, his main focus is to win a Ranji Trophy title for Mumbai. We will also see him playing in the IPL 2024 for Delhi Capitals (DC). He used to be considered as a big thing in Indian cricket with so many former cricketers rating him highly and comparing him with other legends.
If he continues to do well in the future, who knows he might be in an Indian team setup again. He has the potential as we have seen in the past. Let’s see how he goes about his business.
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