Young Indian batsman Prithvi Shaw is all set to make a comeback in the forthcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after recovering from an ankle injury that he sustained in December, last year.
The 19-year-old had played an impressive centurion knock in his debut Test against West Indies in 2018 but was ruled out of the Australia Test series due to an ankle injury.
Speaking to the Times of India, Shaw said he has overcome the sadness of not playing in the Tests against Australia but is focused on scoring runs yet again. “I thought I would recover, but the swelling would keep coming back. Initially, I was very sad to miss the Tests in Australia, because I wanted to win games for India. I would have gained good experience playing against a quality attack, but I can’t do anything about it. However, I felt better when we beat Australia in the Test series,” Shaw said.
Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy and aided by some excellent performances from Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah, India achieved history by winning a Test series for the first time Down Under.
Shaw said that he would be hoping to give Mumbai something to smile after a poor Ranji Trophy season in which the team failed to reach the knock-out stages. “I am really looking forward to taking the field again and performing at my best. I have missed playing competitive cricket due to my injury and I’m ready now to give my best for Mumbai and India,” Shaw stated.
Right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma will also be back in the domestic competition after having a brilliant run against Australia which helped India win the Border Gavaskar trophy. The Delhi player will begin his campaign in the tournament with a match against Jharkhand on February 21, ESPNcricinfo reported.
While Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the Mumbai team, Wriddhiman Saha is also in line to play for Bengal.
Other notable players who are likely to be seen in the T20 tournament include Ravichandran Ashwin (Tamil Nadu), Mayank Agarwal (Karnataka), Manish Pandey and Karun Nair. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is slated to be held from February 21 to March 14.