After Completing Suspension Period, Prithvi Shaw Only Focusing On Scoring Maximum Runs
After completing the back-dated eight-month suspension period, Prithvi Shaw returned to the cricket on Sunday (17th November) as he represented Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20. The 20-year-old Shaw shined with the bat in that game. After that match, he has claimed that his only focus at present is to score runs.
It was the Group D match against Assam where Mumbai were sent to bat first. Coming to bat as an opener with Aditya Tare, Prithvi Shaw put a brilliant 138 runs opening partnership. Shaw scored 63 runs off just 39 balls (6 fours and 3 sixes) and it helped his team to score 206/5 (20 overs). Later, his Mumbai won that game by 83 runs after restricting Assam to 123/8 (20 overs).
After that match, Prithvi Shaw has claimed that he will now only focus on scoring maximum runs and win games for his team. Talking about his return to the national squad, Shaw has claimed that it is all in selectors’ hands.
Prithvi Shaw told according to PTI, “Now I will focus on scoring as many runs as possible and win games for the team. I will just keep scoring runs. It is all about the selectors and what they think. My job is to score runs and win games for the team.”
Prithvi Shaw made his Test debut in October 2018 during the home Test series against Windies. He has played two Tests till the date where the right-handed batsman has scored 237 runs (average 118.50), including one century and one half-century.
I was obviously upset – Prithvi Shaw on his suspension
The youngster was upset about that suspension for his inadvertently doping violation. However, he is now moving on from that situation which was a past incident.
Shaw claimed, “I had never thought that something like this would happen. I was obviously upset. For the first 20-25 days after I was banned, I was not able to understand how did it happen.
“Time passed by. I went to London and chilled out there as I was not allowed to practice till September 15. After that I stabilised myself and kept myself mentally stronger by telling myself these three months would pass. But each day was hard, it was getting longer. It’s all past now.”
During his suspension period, Prithvi Shaw was training under Rahul Dravid, the head of cricket in Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy (NCA). Shaw revealed that Dravid put a special focus on his fitness at this period.
The youngster said, “There was nothing in my mind. I couldn’t have done anything about the ban. After returning from London, Rahul (Dravid) sir called me to the NCA for training. There I went through a series of fitness tests like yo-yo.
“Under Rahul sir a lot of focus was on fitness. I had to clear all my fitness tests. What also helped was that during the nets good bowlers were available like Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Varun Aaron. Besides, Rahul sir was always there for guidance and mental issues.”
Father has always stood behind this youngster
Prithvi Shaw claimed that his father was always with him from the young age when he was in trouble.
He said, “In life ups and downs will be there. My father has stood behind me and nobody else is there. In these three months, he was with me like he has been during the U-14 and U-16 days. He felt that he needed to be with me.”
Prithvi Shaw also mentioned that many people supported him during his recently concluded suspension period.
He added, “A lot of people were asking me about my well-being. I got a lot of love and support from a lot of people. A lot of players, coaches, my agency people, Indian Oil people, BCCI and MCA guys were asking how I was feeling.
“There obviously was a period when I was not feeling too well. But then as the day of return came closer, I started to get my acts together.
“If I had gone into a shell at that point of time (ban) I would have felt pressure. But whatever happens it’s for good.”
I think this period has been a big learning experience for me – Prithvi Shaw
The youngster admitted that he committed a mistake which he had no idea. He feels that it is a big learning experience for him.
Shaw said, “I think this period has been a big learning experience for me. Obviously I committed a mistake. I had no idea what I was consuming. In that period I was alone and was trying to stay away from people and their advices. I was telling myself that I can get out of this mess and be mentally strong.”
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