Popular perception suggests that the Indian think thank is likely to bench young opener, Prithvi Shaw, for the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground starting from December 26 (Saturday). However, the cricketer is leaving no stones unturned to keep himself ready for the next opportunity which comes his way.
Team India opener Prithvi Shaw has copped a lot of criticism for his dismal outing with the bat in the first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. Incidentally, Shaw returned with scores of a duck and four in the two innings of the opening tie. The mode of dismissals was more or less the same with his head falling over leaving a massive gap between bat and pad. The Australian bowlers used the fault in technique to perfect to get Prithvi Shaw out on both essays of the encounter.
Prithvi Shaw trains hard
Several former cricketers and experts have called for Shaw to be dropped from the upcoming Boxing Day Test which will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne starting December 26. They have backed another talented youngster Shubman Gill to open the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal.
However, Prithvi Shaw has carried out the hard work and is determined to bring out the best in him. He was recently seen training hard in the gym as his fitness has come under the scanner several times.
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Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the Adelaide Test, Team India will desperately look to bounce back in Melbourne. They will be without their regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has travelled back to India to be with his wife as they expect the birth of their first child. To make things worse, Mohammed Shami has also been ruled out of the Test series with an arm injury he sustained during the first Test.
The visitors are likely to make a couple of changes going into the second tie and will look to level terms in the series.