Prithvi Shaw to debut against West Indies: Prithvi Shaw is all in likeliness of earning a Test cap in the first Test against West Indies.
Prithvi Shaw, India’s U-19 World Cup winning captain, looks set to don the Indian jersey one more time, albeit in the senior team now. The 18-year old right-hand batsman was first included in the squad during the tour of England.
However, with senior openers in Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul in the side, didn’t get a game. Now when Dhawan’s chances of making into the Test side appear bleak, Shaw is the top-contender to replace him at the top of the order.
In the 14 First-class matches that Shaw has played so far, he has amassed 1,418 runs at an average of 56.72 and a strike rate of 76.69. The best facet of his batting till now has been his conversion rate. In his 21-month old First-class career, Shaw has scored seven centuries and five half-centuries, numbers which speak highly about the teenager.
Shaw, who has scored runs across formats and conditions, is someone who can become a long-term prospect for India. With India scheduled to tour Australia in November, he will be up for a significant challenge, something which he would be looking forward to.
Shaw is also a part of the ongoing practice match between Board’s President XI and West Indies. Having opened the innings with Mayank Agarwal, Shaw failed to make a mark as he got out on 8 off Shannon Gabriel.
However, his sublime form in the recent matches has seen several people advocating for him making debut for India now. Watch some of the Twitter reactions below:
The focus was on Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal at the practice session https://t.co/Bu09DhVngI
— The Hindu – Sports (@TheHinduSports) September 29, 2018
Rohit may get a call for Tests against West Indies, would be a pathetic decision, his time in red ball cricket was over long back, in stead selector should give chance to Hanuma Vihari or Prithvi Shaw to get ready for Australia tour.
— Ritesh (@Sachislife) September 29, 2018
Ye baat me pichle 1 saal se bol raha hu …dhoni should be replaced by rishav pant raydu should be replaced prithvi Shaw. And karthik should be replaced by shubham gill or hanuma vihari
— Saahil Sinha (@DieHardBigB) September 28, 2018
Prithvi Shaw is likely to open with Rahul but expect selectors to pick Shahbaz Nadeem & Jalaj Saxena who won the Lala Amarnath award for Best Allrounder of BCCI for 4 consecutive years & yet to play for India in ODIs or Tests. 263 FC wkts & 5445 FC runs.
— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) September 29, 2018
Needn’t have come to a shoot-out between him and Prithvi Shaw, but even if that were the case, he’s won the duel today! Agarwal and Rahul, Karnataka opening pair ftw! And for the first time ever?
— Chan (@chandrachud04) September 29, 2018
If middle-order bats aren’t delivering, why not try some more “openers” there? KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw… And then there’s Rishabh Pant. Shreyas Iyer too. And if fit, Kedar Jadhav has a place sewn up. Situation’s not dire. https://t.co/rbkxkZzU6H
— Neeran Karnik (@neeran) September 29, 2018