Opening batter Prithvi Shaw once again failed to find a spot in the Indian team as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the team for the upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe. The 15-member will be led by Shikhar Dhawan in the away series which begins on August 18 and will conclude on August 22 at the Harare Sports Club.
Prithvi Shaw will be disappointed to be ignored by the Indian team. So far, he has played six ODI matches for India, scoring 189 runs at an average of 31.50. He also had a decent Indian Premier League 2022 season for the Delhi Capitals team. In ten matches, the opener scored 283 runs at a strike rate of 152.97, including a couple of half-centuries. He also performed well for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy this year, but couldn’t convert his stats.
The 22-year-old last played for India in 2019 during the Sri Lanka series in July. On Saturday, the fans were disappointed that Prithvi Shaw was not included in the Indian team for the ODI series against Zimbabwe. The Indian selectors went ahead with the likes of Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan, and Shubman Gill as the openers.
Let’s take a look at how the fans reacted to Prithvi Shaw’s non-inclusion:
Former cricketer Dodda Ganesh took to Twitter to express his disappointment over Prithvi Shaw’s non-inclusion. He expressed that the opener is an all-format player and it is “unbelievable” that he is not part of the limited-overs teams. Dodda Ganesh wrote,
“Prithvi Shaw being completely ignored is really shocking. This young man has a game for all the formats. It’s unbelievable that he doesn’t find a place even in the second-string Indian white-ball sides #DoddaMathu #CricketTwitter”
Prithvi Shaw being completely ignored is really shocking. This young man has a game for all the formats. It’s unbelievable that he doesn’t find a place even in the second-string Indian white-ball sides #DoddaMathu #CricketTwitter
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) July 31, 2022
— Bunny (@y2jbaybay) July 31, 2022
With all due respect, to whatever we have seen of #ShubhmanGill but till now, he looked someone who's stuck in 90's style of cricket.
— A_Verma (@A_Verma05187) July 31, 2022
There is a player called Prithvi Shaw who was there on bench during IND vs ENG 2021. Kahan Gaya use dhundho https://t.co/OwXLFtZykq
— Pankil Sheth (@PankilSheth19) July 30, 2022
The curious case of Prithvi Shaw. Despite being a part of the Test squad in England tour during 2021, he suddenly seems nowhere near the Indian squad in all three formats.
Surely he isn't that bad to miss out on the Zimbabwe tour? #ZIMvIND
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) July 30, 2022
Prithvi Shaw again dropped.Dont now why BCCI is angry with this gentleman who is continuously kept out of the team around the issues like steroids,fitness behaviour.This shear vengeance against this instinctively attacking opener batsman.#BCCI#SELECTION COMMITTEE.
— Swarn (@kotwal_swarn) July 30, 2022
Rahul Tripathi's selection in ODIs ahead of Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal and Nitish Rana is just another case of selectors' lack of domestic knowledge, like the selections of Kishan, SKY and Samson in ODIs
— Š. (@Soham718) July 30, 2022
Why forgot the @PrithviShaw ?!!
— Prabhu (@MynameisPrabhuR) July 30, 2022
Prithvi Shaw is good enough batsman to at least get a chance in Zimbabwe tour , definitely better than Rahul Tripathi
And Vektatesh Iyer too should have been in the squad at least in absence of Hardik
— Shreyas 🇮🇳 (@Shreyas_M18) July 30, 2022
Prithvi Shaw has done nothing wrong to get ignored everytime https://t.co/2sLRD0piL9
— Abhishek ︎ (@ImAbhishek7_) July 30, 2022
Schedule and Indian squad for the Zimbabwe series:
The 15-member Indian squad will leave for Zimbabwe after the conclusion of the ongoing five-match T20I series against the West Indies. The upcoming three-match ODI series will be a good opportunity for youngster to showcase their skills at the international level. The first match will take place on August 18, followed by the second on August 20. The series will conclude on August 22, with all the matches set to take place at the Harare Sports Club.
Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar.