Prithvi Shaw, despite avoiding a major Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury during his time with Northamptonshire, will be out of action for the next three to four months. During his rehabilitation period, the 23-year-old will be absent for part of the Indian domestic season.
The previous domestic season included the Duleep and Deodhar trophy tournaments, which returned after a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming season is set to kick off with the Irani Cup on October 1 in Rajkot.
Initially, Shaw received medical attention from a surgeon in London and has since checked in at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. The medical team will keep monitoring his condition, and as reported by ESPNCricinfo, surgery is being considered as a final option.
The report also mentions that representatives from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will monitor Prithvi Shaw’s recovery and make decisions based on his progress.
It’s highly improbable that the opening batsman will be fit in time for the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, typically conducted in October and November. If his rehabilitation proceeds positively, he might be considered for Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy team.
Prithvi Shaw’s last appearance for India was in the home T20I series against New Zealand
Prithvi Shaw’s international journey has been inconsistent, partly influenced by off-field incidents. He made a remarkable debut with a century and was initially considered for the opening role in Test cricket.
However, he was omitted from the team following the notorious Adelaide Test in 2020 and has since played just once, representing a second-string team during the Sri Lanka tour.
Shaw’s impressive performances in domestic cricket led to his inclusion in the Indian squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand earlier this year.
Nevertheless, with Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, and Ruturaj Gaikwad already available as opening choices, Shaw received limited playing time in the series. He has also confirmed his participation in the upcoming County season with Northamptonshire, as he stated:
“I’m so excited to be heading back to Northamptonshire next summer. Even though it was over quickly, I really enjoyed my time there. It’s a great club to be a part of and I was welcomed by everyone immediately. I can’t wait to get back.”
In 2023, Prithvi Shaw displayed solid form, achieving a domestic triple century and recording a double century in List A cricket during his brief stint with Northamptonshire in England.