While Prithvi Shaw impressed on his Test debut, his cricket career faced some frustrating moments due to the injuries and doping ban. The 20-year-old has recently talked about his feeling owing to the time away from cricket following a doping ban, which he considers was a ‘torture’ for him.
After impressively leading the India U19 team to win the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018, Prithvi Shaw didn’t take much time to make his international debut. In October 2018, during West Indies tour of India, Shaw made his Test debut and highly impressed with his batting performances. The right-handed opening batsman scored a century on his debutant Test innings at Rajkot. While he finished as the leading run-scorer (237 runs) in that Test series, he also won the Player of the Series award.
However, after those two home Tests against West Indies, Shaw played his next international match more than one year later, in February 2020, when he made his ODI debut. Between this unavailability period, Shaw suffered the injury issues as well as the doping ban. In July 2019, he was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a back-dated eight-month period till mid-November 2019 due to inadvertently ingesting a prohibited substance. That substance has been found generally in cough syrups.
Shaw feels that it was a crucial lesson for him. He has advised every youngster cricketer to take even a small regular medicine only after the approval of the doctors.
According to TOI, Shaw said, “You have to be careful about what you consume. Even a simple drug like paracetamol. This is for all the young cricketers out there who aren’t aware about these things. Even if you take a small medicine, you must get it approved with your doctor or the BCCI doctors. It’s better to ask the doctors about the banned substances and take necessary precautions so that you don’t get into trouble.”
I have learnt a lesson from this and will not repeat it: Prithvi Shaw
Shaw has urged that he will not repeat this mistake. Even for the basic medicine, he only takes it after getting assurance from the BCCI doctors. During that suspension period, while the youngster was away from the cricket, he called that period torture. He wishes not to see that such things in any others life.
Shaw added, “Like in my case, I had a cough syrup which I didn’t know was a banned substance. I have learnt a lesson from this and will not repeat it. Even if I am having a basic medicine, I run that through the BCCI doctors to ensure that there are no banned substances in it. Time away from cricket was a difficult period for me. It was a torture. It should not happen to anyone.”
I don’t think I got carried away: Prithvi Shaw
Many have criticised him for getting carried away after achieving too much success in his early cricket career. While Shaw takes the criticism as part and parcel of life, he still disagrees with the fact of getting carried away. He remains positive as he believes that the difficult times test one’s character.
Shaw quoted, “Yes, winning the U-19 WC and then hitting a century on my Test debut were really big moments for me, but I don’t think I got carried away. Some things like the doping ban were within my control, but things like the unfortunate ankle injury (suffered in 2018 in Australia) were not in my control.
“I have realised that I cannot keep 100% people happy all the time. However, I know that criticism is also a part and parcel of life. The idea is to take constructive criticism positively and keep on improving. 2019 wasn’t that great, but there’s always a silver lining to things. I just want to respond to all of that with my bat. Difficult times are a test of one’s character as well. I’m thankful that I have my father, close friends and my management agency, Baseline Ventures, which has stood by me through thick and thin,” he concluded.
Shaw has played four Tests and three ODIs where he has scored 335 runs (average 55.83) and 84 runs (average 28.00) respectively.
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