Big Blow for India injured Prithvi Shaw ruled out of the first test, Murli Vijay likely to open
NP NEWS 24 ONLINE – Latest Indian batting sensation who came in highlight by scoring a century on debut against west indies Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the 1st test match. This was supposed to be Prithvi Shaw’s first test match outside India. He got himself injured while attempting a catch at deep mid-wicket and end up twisting his leg while landing.
Prithvi Shaw scored a super 60 odd runs in this practice match against Cricket Australia XI in Sydney. He was the confirm Indian opener as both the other openers are out of form. Other than that Prithvi made his impact on the first test series of his by scoring 237 runs in three innings including a stunning century on debut in Rajkot.
Many started comparing Prithvi with Sehwag as they both score runs at fast pace.
This has come as a blessing in disguised for Murli Vijay as he was unsure of getting selected for the 1st test and now with the injury to Prithvi he is plying the match for sure. He was dropped from the Indian test team after a below-par performance in England. He did not play in the test matches against west indies but he was still picked as an optional opener in the test.
K L Rahul also needs to step up as he could not deliver in West Indies series, even though he managed to score a century in the last match of England tour the selectors and captain must be expecting more from him in the coming Australia series. Even the coach Sanjay Bangar said that this is not his first tour so he is not a young player rather he is an experienced player, so he needs to take the responsibility.
After his eye-catching display yesterday, India’s batting coach Sanjay Banger lauded Shaw’s temperament and ability to adapt at such a young age.
“In whichever format he’s played he’s made a mark straightaway,” he said. “Wherever he has played he has shown he can adapt to conditions and the stage as well. He plays with a lot of clarity and the impressive thing about him is he gets into good position. The fearlessness of youth probably helps him.”
If India does decide to call up a replacement as cover it would probably be between Shikhar Dhawan, who was dropped after the tour of England, or the uncapped Mayank Agarwal.