Two Players Who Can Replace Injured Prithvi Shaw For Australia Tests
Ahead of the much-awaited Test series against Australia, India suffered a huge injury blow, losing opener Prithvi Shaw to an ankle injury. The young batting sensation suffered the injury while fielding in the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI and has been ruled out of the first Test.
Prithvi Shaw, fielding on the deep mid-wicket fence, caught CA XI opener Max Bryant just inside the rope and fell over while trying to keep the ball in play as momentum carried him beyond. In doing so, he ended up twisting his ankle while landing.
Shaw immediately fell to the ground while grimacing as India physio Patrick Farhart rushed to attend to him. The youngster was then carried off the field as he was unable to put any pressure on his left leg. BCCI later confirmed that he was taken to the hospital for scans.
The scans revealed a lateral ligament injury and Shaw will be undergo an “intensive rehabilitation program” to become available at the earliest.
Losing shaw would be a big blow for the visitors. The youngster came in as a fresh breath of air, scoring a stunning century on his debut. In the following innings, he scored another fifty and registered two more fifties for India A against New Zealand A. In his latest outing, he scored a blazing fifty against Cricket Australia. No surprises then that India would be missing him.
Well, as of now India has not named a replacement for their injured star. So before the first Test gets underway in Adelaide, we take a look at two players who can replace Shaw in the team:
1. Murali Vijay:
Just ahead of the first Test, Murali Vijay sent a timely reminder to the team-management with a stunning century against Cricket Australia XI in the warm-up game. Vijay demolished an inexperienced host bowling attack as he made a 132-ball 129 laden with 16 fours and five sixes.
Vijay had been recalled for the Australia tour after losing his place due to poor form in the last two away Tests against England earlier this year. He impressed in a county stint with Essex and his first-class form was enough to get him picked for the Tests. And with experience on his side, the timely knock might see him open the innings in Australia.
2. Mayank Agarwal:
In case, India decide to rope in a replacement, there is no one better than Mayank Agarwal at the moment. The right-handed batsman has been scoring heavily in domestic cricket and for India A.
He had a sensational 2017-18 domestic season. He amassed 1160 runs in 13 innings of the Ranji Trophy. In November 2017, he scored his maiden triple century in first-class cricket.
He followed it up by amassing 723 runs in 8 matches at a staggering average of 90.37 in the 2017-18 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He thus became the highest run-getter in one season of the tournament. The record for the most runs in a List-A tournament was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar who scored 673 runs in the 2003 ICC World Cup.
When the 2017-18 season ended, Agarwal had the most number of runs across all formats. He scored 2,141 runs across all formats in 2017-18. In June 2018, he was awarded with the Madhavrao Scindia Award For The Highest Run-Scorer In Ranji Trophy by the BCCI.
He also impressed for India A which paved the way for his maiden Test call-up. Agarwal received his maiden India call-up for the series against West Indies at home. However, he did not get a chance to play in either of the two-Test series. And shockingly, the selectors dropped him for the upcoming Test series against Australia. He also impressed for India A in the unofficial Tests against New Zealand A. The right-hander scored 149 runs in three innings at an average of 49.67.
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