“My Aim Is To…”: Prithvi Shaw’s No-Nonsense Take After Scripting Historic 1st In Indian Cricket

Feb 10, 2024






Young batsman Prithvi Shaw returned to action after a six-month-long injury layoff by scoring a century in his second innings for Mumbai in just his second match, taking them to the top in the Ranji Trophy Group B match against Chhattisgarh. Raipur on Friday. He hit 18 fours and three sixes in his innings of 159 runs in just 185 balls. The opener reached three figures before lunch and in the process became the first Indian to score two centuries in the opening session on the first day of a first-class cricket match. He had achieved a similar feat against Assam by scoring 379 runs in 383 balls, which was the second highest ever Ranji Trophy score.

During a conversation, Shaw revealed that he was a little worried and pessimistic about returning to action. Shaw said that he was afraid whether he would be able to bat like he did before the injury. Notably, Shaw suffered a knee injury while playing for Northamptonshire in the County Championship.

“I wanted to perform well but somewhere I was wondering whether I would be able to bat in my style or not. How will I play (how will I play), when will I come back and whether it will be in good form or not.” These were the thoughts that were going around. But when I waited for a few hours, things became normal,” Shaw told The Indian Express.

Shaw further explained that doing “match simulation” helped him overcome the awkward feeling.

He said, “I was not nervous, but when I resumed my batting the feeling was a bit strange. However, I did match simulation and was motivating myself that everything would be fine. My body language was fine. “

While his century has sparked talk of a possible comeback in the Indian Test team, Shaw insisted that he is currently focused on helping Mumbai win the Ranji Trophy.

“I am not thinking too far and want to stay in the present. There are no expectations, I am happy that I am playing cricket. I have just come back after injury and want to give my best. My aim is to play for Mumbai. The goal is to win the Ranji Trophy and I am trying to achieve that by contributing as much as possible,” he further explained.

Coming back into the match, Shaw reached three-figures before lunch and in the process became the first Indian to score two centuries in the opening session on the first day of a first-class cricket match.

He had achieved a similar feat against Assam by scoring 379 runs in 383 balls, which was the second highest ever Ranji Trophy score.

(With PTI inputs)

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