India Test batsman Prithvi Shaw is all set to make his comeback to competitive cricket on November 17 as he has been named in the Mumbai squad for remaining matches Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Shaw will be eligible to play Mumbai’s final league stage game, against Assam on November 17. It was already confirmed that Shaw would be back in the side as soon as his ban period ends – his ban ends on November 15.
Shaw was banned in the month of July for doping violation for eight months. The back-dated ban came into effect from March 2019. He played IPL and T20 Mumbai during this period and had to serve four months out of eight months.
Shaw is very much in line to claim his Test spot back. In his absence, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal have done well but with India set to fly to New Zealand next year, the team will need a backup opener.
For now, Shubman Gill is a part of the squad as a backup but the player who will do well in domestic cricket is expected to join regulars in New Zealand.
Apart from that, Shaw will also look to make his way into the T20I squad for next year’s World Cup. He has shown his credentials in the shortest format and could be a contender for the opening job, especially when Shikhar Dhawan has struggled of late.
Shaw will be available for Mumbai for a long period and will also open for the side in Ranji Trophy. He is also expected to make his India A comeback soon.
The 20-year-old made his Test debut against West Indies in October 2018. With 237 runs at an average of 118.50, he bagged Player of the Series award for his superlative efforts. Shaw flew to Australia as the first-choice opener but had return due to an ankle injury.
Talking of Mumbai, with five wins in as many matches they sit at the top of points table in Group D. Shreyas Iyer is also a part of the team but Suryakumar Yadav will continue to lead the team. They next play Meghalaya tomorrow.