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Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Prithvi Shaw Could Miss Quarterfinal Clash For Mumbai

Prithvi Shaw – Mumbai opener – could miss the quarter-final clash of the Ranji Trophy 2017/18. As per the reports, Shaw will be joining the India U-19 camp to be held before the junior World Cup to be played next year.

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Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa
Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa
Shaw was to skip the last league stage of Ranji Trophy for Mumbai as well, but the selectors decided to release Shaw from U19 Challenger squad so, as he could play Ranji Trophy. Along with Shaw, Shubham Gill was also released by the team management, and he played an innings of 129 and 32 for Punjab in their last game of the season.

Mumbai is set to face star-studded Karnataka in the quarter-final of the tournament and Shaw’s absence will be the last thing they would ask for. As of now, Shaw will be joining the India U19 camp, and Mumbai would be hoping for the release of Shaw like he got released from U19 Challenger Trophy.

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CHESTERFIELD, ENGLAND – JULY 23: Prithvi Shaw of India bats during the England U19 v India U19 match at Queen’s Park Cricket Club on July 23, 2017, in Chesterfield, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
However, Shaw still is part of the U19 tournament, as he joined the India Red side the very next day after the game between Mumbai and Tripura that ended on day three and he played an innings of 63 in his first game.

The unavailability of Shaw might open up the doors for Akhil Herwadkar, who last played against Odisha in Bhubaneshwar. He might open the innings with Jay Bista, who had replaced him in the side.

Mumbai will face Karnataka in the fourth quarterfinal in Nagpur, which will be the only televised contest. In other games, Gujarat will face Bengal in Jaipur, Delhi will face Madhya Pradesh in Vijayawada while Kerala will face Vidarbha in Surat.

Rohit and Virat Kohli enjoy a good rapport
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Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma will also be not available for Mumbai’s quarterfinal game. He has been appointed as the captain of the India ODI side for Sri Lanka series in absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested.

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Prithvi Shaw has enjoyed the domestic leg. Photo Credit: IE.

Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Maharashtra Thrashes Assam; Mumbai Rout Tripura to Qualify for Quarter-final

In the Group C fixture, Mumbai registered an emphatic win over Tripura by ten wickets, as hosts entered into the quarter-final of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season.

On the penultimate day of the match in Mumbai, the 41-time first-class premier league tournament, Mumbai chased down the target of 63 (scored 64) in 6.2 overs.

Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw smashed unbeaten 50, as Jay Bista remained not out on 13 off 12 balls – to take hosts home following a convincing win.

The 18-year-old batsman right-handed Shaw smashed fifty after facing 26-balls, as innings was laced with eight boundaries.

In first innings, Tripura was skittled out for 195, as Mumbai posted 421 for eight to declare first innings. In second innings Tripura was bundled out for 288.

With the win, Mumbai managed 21 points in total after claiming seven points from the match while going past Andhra Pradesh’s 19 points.

In a Group A match, Maharashtra registered a seven-wicket victory over Assam after Naushad Shaikh struck brilliant hundred.

The middle-order batsman Naushad remained unbeaten on 108 off 105 balls, as his innings was comprised of 20 boundaries.

After the first innings lead of 26, Assam was bundled out on 189.

However, the hosts chased down the target of 216 in 47.4 overs.

Skipper Ankit Bawne remained unbeaten on 52 off 72 balls. He smashed five boundaries and two maximums.

(Read Also: Feel So Proud Of Our Team India Players: Sachin Tendulkar)

Group A:

Hyderabad Vs Delhi in Hyderabad

Hyderabad finished day three with 233 for two on board in 83 overs.

The hosts are leading by 23 runs after being rattled out for 205 in first innings.

Maharashtra Vs Assam in Pune

Hosts Maharashtra beat Assam by seven wickets.

Railways Vs Karnataka in Delhi

Karnataka is leading by 309 runs after scoring 208 for one in 58.1 overs in second innings.

Group B:

Jharkhand Vs Gujarat in Ranchi

Following the stumps at day three, Jharkhand posted 106 for two in the second innings after facing 34 overs.

Earlier, the hosts were bundled out for 242 in 86.3 overs which further saw Chintan Gaja and Kamlesh Thakor picked three wickets each.

In second innings, Thakor claimed both the wickets after Kumar Deobrat struck 53 off 97 balls.

Virat Singh was batting on 32 off 65 balls, as Utkarsh Singh remained not out on nine off 14 balls.

Rajasthan Vs Saurashtra in Jaipur

In Jaipur, hosts are struggling against Saurashtra, as Rajasthan was bundled out for 275 in first innings.

Before the stumps were removed from the groove, Rajasthan scored 13 for no loss in eight overs, as they are trailing by 246 runs.

Haryana Vs Kerala in Rohtak

After Kerala scored 389, Haryana was reeling at 83 for five in 41 overs. The hosts are still trailing by 98 runs.

Group C:

Madhya Pradesh Vs Odisha in Indore

Odisha is trailing by four runs as the scored 237 for four in 100 overs against Madhya Pradesh.

Odisha was bundled out for 147 runs, before being put to bat again before the stumps were withdrawn.

Tamil Nadu Vs Baroda in Vadodara

In two overs, Tamil Nadu scored two runs after Baroda was bundled out for 97 in 57.5 overs.

Mumbai Vs Tripura in Mumbai

Mumbai thrashed Tripura by 10 wickets on day three.

Group D:

Punjab Vs Services in Amritsar

Services were 118 for three in 35 overs in the second innings after being restricted to 315 in the first innings in 35 overs.

The visitors are still trailing by 212 runs.

Vidarbha Vs Himachal Pradesh in Nagpur

As Himachal Pradesh is trailing by 33 runs, the visitors posted 70 on board for the loss of three wickets in 20 overs.

Bengal Vs Goa in Kolkata

Bengal is leading by 177 runs in second innings, as they finished the day three with 108 for three in 25 overs.

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Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Mumbai Hopeful of BCCI Releasing Rohit Sharma

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is hopeful regarding the release of Indian batsman Rohit Sharma for their next tie against Tripura at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, a report in The Indian Express suggests.

Rohit is a part of the Indian team for the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, but it is still not clear whether he will part of the playing XI in the Nagpur Test or not.

(Read Here: BCCI officials raises questions over Yuvraj Singh’s absence from Ranji Trophy)

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Rohit Sharma (Image Source: ESPNcricinfo)

Currently, there are only slight chances that Rohit would get a go and Mumbai Cricket Association has shown a desire to gain Rohit’s services if he doesn’t play the second Test of the series.

It is to be noted that Ishant Sharma, who was not part of playing XI in the first Test, was released from the squad on day one for the Ranji duty. He led Delhi team to a victory over Maharashtra and Delhi gained a lot from his presence.

(Read Here: Analysis for the second Test in Nagpur)

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Rohit Sharma raises his bat after reaching his 15th ODI century.

The report also adds that Rohit was also in contention to get released but couldn’t make it up due to poor flight connectivity. This time when Mumbai are playing at their home ground, Rohit can easily fly to the state to take part in the game, starting on November 25, a day after the second Test begins in Nagpur.

Meanwhile, Mumbai selectors have taken a tough call, as they have dropped all-rounder Abhishek Nayar from the squad for his dry run in the tournament till now. The 41-time champion will continue to get the services of opener Prithvi Shaw, who has been allowed to play Ranji Trophy instead of U-19 Challenger Trophy.

It is a must-win the game for Mumbai, as a loss would mean they will fail to reach the next round while a first innings lead will leave this team hung in the balance and their future will get decided after the results of other games in the group.

Mumbai Squad: Aditya Tare (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Jay Bista, Prithvi Shaw, Siddhesh Lad, Shreyas Iyer, Akash Parkar, Karsh Kothari, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Minad Manjrekar, Vijay Gohil, Akhil Herwadkar, Sufiyan Shaikh.

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Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Abhishek Nayar Dropped From Mumbai Squad for Last Tie

Mumbai selectors have taken a tough call and have dropped former India all-rounder Abhishek Nayar from the squad for the final group stage Ranji tie against Tripura, which will be played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

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Nayar has had a dry run till now, as he has just managed to score 130 runs in five matches and has taken eight wickets. He hasn’t been able to deliver for the 41-time champion side, and selectors decided to take the tough route.

Though Nayar was the key for his side in the Mumbai’s 500th contest, which came against Baroda, where he stood for 108 balls on the final day for his eight runs. He along with Siddhesh Lad ensured a draw for Mumbai and kept them alive in the race to the next round.

Selectors have called back Vijay Gohil to the side, who got dropped for team’s previous encounter.

(Read Here: Analysis for the second Test in Nagpur)

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India U19 cricketer Prithvi Shaw (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Mumbai has got a big boost ahead of their final tie in the form of Prithvi Shaw. The Mumbai opener was to play the third edition of U-19 Challenger Trophy and was to lead the A side in the tournament. However, his superb form in the ongoing Ranji season forced the selectors to let him play Ranji Trophy so as he can present a case in front of national selectors.

If Shaw continues his form, then it will be interesting to see whether senior selectors will give him a chance in upcoming international fixtures or will he be forced to play the junior World Cup.

The last game of Mumbai is a must-win game for them. A win will ensure them a place in the next round, and then they would not have to depend upon the results of other teams, whereas, a first-innings lead would mean they have to depend on the results of games played by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for their qualification. Mumbai has 14 points on their account with one win and four draws.

Squad: Aditya Tare (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Jay Bista, Prithvi Shaw, Siddhesh Lad, Shreyas Iyer, Akash Parkar, Karsh Kothari, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Minad Manjrekar, Vijay Gohil, Akhil Herwadkar, Sufiyan Shaikh.

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Prithvi Shaw Released From U-19 Challenger Trophy Squad to Play Ranji Trophy

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released Prithvi Shaw from the third edition of U-19 Challenger Trophy to allow the youngster to play in Mumbai’s next Ranji tie, a report in TOI suggests.

He will now play Mumbai’s last Ranji Trophy game against Tripura at the Wankhede stadium, starting on November 25.

(Read Here: BCCI officials raises questions over Yuvraj Singh’s absence from Ranji Trophy)

Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa
Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa

Shaw was to lead team ‘A’ in the U-19 tournament, which is a platform for junior cricketers to ensure a World Cup berth for themselves. However, the right-handed batsman has already shown his prowess in first-class cricket thus making himself an automatic entrant in the World Cup squad.

Shaw has five centuries to his name in seven first-class matches, and it would not be unfair to say he is inching towards India cap, as he has scored runs against top-class bowling attack in Duleep Trophy as well.

(Read Here: Analysis for the second Test in Nagpur)

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Dravid made his international appearance against Sri Lanka at Singapore in 1996. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Though Rahul Dravid, the India A and U-19 coach, has said Shaw will be playing the junior World Cup, it would be interesting to see till when senior selectors continue to test the Mumbai player.

The U-19 Challenger Trophy will have a fourth team in the form of Sri Lanka U-19, which has agreed to send its team. Their inclusion makes the tri-series into a quadrangular tournament.

BCCI is yet to name the captain of the team A, who will replace Shaw. Abhishek Sharma and Himanshu Rana will lead India B and C team, respectively. The tournament will get played in Mumbai from November 26 to December 2.

Squads –

Team A Team B Team C
Atharva Thaide Himanshu Rana (C) Shubman Gill
Anuj Rawat (wk) Manjot Kalra Ankush Singh
Ryan Parag Urvil Patel (wk) Aryan Juyal (wk)
Ayush Badoni Om Bhosle Salman Khan
Mayank Rawat Nayan R Chavan Harvik Desai (wk)
Shiva Singh Varun Goud Abhishek Sharma (C)
Rahul Chahar Harsh Tyagi Sidharth Desai
Kamalesh Nagarkoti Shreyas BM Tanush Kotian
Arshdeep Singh Shivam Mavi Darshan Nalkande
Vivekanand Tiwari Aditya Thakre Ishan Porel
U Mukhilesh Mandeep Singh Mohit Jangra
Akash Pandey Manoj Bandage Priyam Garg
Ninad Ratwa Pankaj Yadav

 

(Read Here: India predicted XI for the second Test)

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U19 Asia Cup 2017: India missed these four players in their disastrous campaign

India A and India U19 coach – Rahul Dravid’s experiment to play a young team at the U19 Asia Cup did not work well as defeats against Nepal, and Bangladesh saw the Indian team get knocked out of the tournament in the group stage.

The Himanshu Rana-led side went in as defending champions but this time, they came back empty handed. One of the major reasons for the failure was that some players, who have done well at this level, were released to play in the Ranji Trophy.

Surely, Dravid had an eye on future of these players as they have a real chance of making it to the national side; many of them have also made it to the second string India side, but their non-availability meant India lose out the Asia Cup trophy.

Let’s break down the players who were ignored for the U19 Asia Cup:

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Prithvi Shaw, Himanshu Rana, and Abhishek Sharma To Lead In U-19 Challenger Trophy

Under 19 cricketers Prithvi Shaw, Abhishek Sharma, and Himanshu Rana will be leading the three different teams in the upcoming U-19 Challenger Trophy. India U-19 selectors are yet to ink on a captain, as of now, for the junior World Cup but looking a the scenario; Shaw seems to be the front-runner for the post.

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Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa
Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa

The 17-year-old player is already in the limelight with four centuries in five first-class games, and slowly, he is inching towards India cap.

His inclusion in U19 side comes as a surprise as a few days back, BCCI decided to let Shaw play Ranji Trophy and did not include him in the squad for the Asia Cup, but now, they are forcing him to play the junior domestic tournament at the cost of Ranji Trophy.

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Prithvi Shaw smashed hundred against Odisha. Photo Credit: Web.

He is an automatic choice for the next junior World Cup, and his spot could have been given to some another player. In fact, if Shaw slams a ton or two in upcoming Ranji games, then he might force his way into the Indian team for the third Test against Sri Lanka or South Africa tour, but his hopes have been banished with BCCI asking him to play Challenger Trophy.

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Mumbai: India’s U-19 player Shubham Gill (Photo Source: Mid Day)

Among the 39 players named by BCCI, many players have represented India at the junior level earlier. The likes of Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Manjot Kalra, Rahul Chahar, Shubham Gill, Kamalesh Nagarkoti went with the team to England while Anuj Rawat and Mayank Rawat are in the squad for the Asia Cup, which will start on November 9.

Siddharth Desai, the Gujarat spinner, has forced his way in team C with his impressive bowing in Ranji Trophy. The 17-year-old pacer has played two Raji games and has scalped 17 wickets in four innings. He won Man of the Match award in both the games he played.

The week-long tournament will be played in Mumbai from November 26 to December 2.

Squads –

Team A

Team B

Team C

Prithvi Shaw (C)

Himanshu Rana (C)

Shubman Gill

Atharva Thaide

Manjot Kalra

Ankush Singh

Anuj Rawat (wk)

Urvil Patel (wk)

Aryan Juyal (wk)

Ryan Parag

Om Bhosle

Salman Khan

Ayush Badoni

Nayan R Chavan

Harvik Desai (wk)

Mayank Rawat

Varun Goud

Abhishek Sharma (C)

Shiva Singh

Harsh Tyagi

Sidharth Desai

Rahul Chahar

Shreyas BM

Tanush Kotian

Kamalesh Nagarkoti

Shivam Mavi

Darshan Nalkande

Arshdeep Singh

Aditya Thakre

Ishan Porel

Vivekanand Tiwari

Mandeep Singh

Mohit Jangra

U Mukhilesh

Manoj Bandage

Priyam Garg

Akash Pandey

Ninad Ratwa

Pankaj Yadav

 

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Prithvi Shaw smashed hundred against Odisha. Photo Credit: Web.

Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Superstar Prithvi Shaw Smashes Yet another Hundred for Mumbai

As the first day of the round three of the premium ongoing domestic Ranji Trophy has witnessed a lot early on which further saw Mumbai rookie opener, Prithvi Shaw smashed a hundred in the Group C encounter against hosts Odisha in Bhubaneswar.

The Thane-born right-handed batsman Shaw smashed 105 off 153 deliveries, as his innings was comprised of 18 boundaries. He scored at the strike-rate of 68.63, before being trapped in front of the stumps by paceman Basant Mohanty.

Shaw alongside Ajinkya Rahane forged a partnership of 136 for the second after losing the first wicket when visitors score was 20 for one.

In the Group B game, hosts Saurashtra at Rajkot posted 341 for five which eventually saw skipper Cheteshwar Pujara registered a century to lead his side from the front.

Group A –

Railways Vs Hyderabad in Delhi:

Hyderabad scored 272 for three after the 93-run stand for the first wicket against Railways. Manish Rao claimed two wickets for Railways, and Karan Thakur picked a wicket of gloveman Kolla Sumanth.

At the end of the day one, skipper Ambati Rayudu was batting on 88 off 137 balls, and Bavanaka Sandeep scored 64 on the same amount of deliveries his batting partner faced.

Delhi Vs Uttar Pradesh in Delhi:

Batting first, Suresh Raina-led side Uttar Pradesh posted 270 for eight at the stumps of day one against Ishant Sharma-led Delhi.

The highest scorer for Uttar Pradesh was Mohammad Saif, who scored 83 off 169 balls. However, Raina was clean bowled by Milind Kumar after 24-ball 10.

Wicket-keeper batsman Upendra Yadav was batting on 48 off 82 balls alongside Mohd Israr (6 off 21) when on-field umpire drew stumps.

Maharashtra Vs Karnataka in Pune:

Hosts Maharashtra was bundled out in 55 overs by Karnataka bowlers as skipper Vinay Kumar led from the front by picking six wickets in 14 overs which eventually saw him conceding 59 runs.

However, the light was shining on Rahul Tripathi, who smashed 120 off 114 balls as his innings included 13 fours and three maximums.

Before the end of the day, Karnataka openers posted 117 in 31 overs with Mayank Agarwal batting on 50 off 94 balls, and Ravikumar Samarth remained unbeaten on 47 off 93 balls.

Group B –

Kerala Vs Jammu and Kashmir in Thiruvananthapuram:

The hosts in the form of Kerala struggled against Jammu and Kashmir as the side was bundled out at the paltry score of 219 in 76 overs.

The chief architect for J&K was skipper Parvez Rasool, who bagged six wickets after giving away70 runs in 26 overs owing to his off-spin bowling.

Leg-spinner Aamir Aziz and paceman Mohammed Mudhasir claimed two wickets each.

At the stumps in 12 overs, J&K posted 16 on board for no loss and are further trailing by 203 runs.

Saurashtra Vs Jharkhand at Rajkot:

Saurashtra posted 341 for five on board on the very first day against Jharkhand at the home base. Captain Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 125 off 223 balls. Pujara smashed 18 boundaries, as Chirag Jani was batting on 40 off 57 balls.

For Jharkhand, the pick of the bowlers was Ashish Kumar, who bagged three wickets after conceding 50 runs in 20 overs.

The right-arm bowler dismissed both the openers in the form of Robin Uthappa and wicket-keeper batsman Snell Patel.

Gujarat Vs Haryana at Valsad:

Parthiv Patel-led side Gujarat was bundled out for 236 runs, as Bhargav Merai was the only player who scored a fifty.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra was spectacular with the ball as he went on to claim four wickets. At stumps, Haryana was one down in three overs as Siddharth Desai bagged the solitary wicket.

Group C –

Baroda Vs Tripura at Vadodara:

Hosts Vishnu Solanki smashed a fine century to help his side to post 304 for five on day one of the third-round of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18.

For Tripura, the left-arm orthodox spinner Gurinder Singh picked two wickets after sending down 15 overs.

Odisha Vs Mumbai in Bhubaneswar:

At stumps on the first day, Mumbai posted 264 for six in 90 overs. Skipper and gloveman Aditya Tare is batting on 65-ball 28, and Akash Parkar faced 20 deliveries to score three runs.

For Odisha, Basant Mohanty and Biplab Samantray bagged two wickets each as Suryakant Pradhan, and Dhiraj Singh claimed wicket apiece.

Andhra Pradesh Vs Madhya Pradesh at Vizianagaram:

In another game, Madhya Pradesh were slower to score runs on the very first day of the ongoing Ranji fixture. The hosts posted 219 for five in 89 overs at the strike-rate of 2.46.

Left-arm pacer Yarra Prithviraj claimed three wickets in 14 overs.

Harpreet Singh was not out on 47 off 74 balls whereas, Ankit Sharma looked settled after facing 52 balls for his 18.

Group D –

Bengal Vs Himachal Pradesh in Kolkata:

In the Group D fixture, Manoj Tiwary-led Bengal posted 306 for five in 86 overs when umpires decided to call it a day. The hosts’ opener Abhishek Raman smashed brilliant 176 off 242 deliveries.

Moreover, skipper Tiwary is unbeaten on 78 off 132 balls as Shreevats Goswami faced a solitary ball.

For Himachal Pradesh, five bowlers picked a wicket each out of total six bowlers the visitors’ skipper Ankush Bains used.

Chhattisgarh Vs Punjab at Raipur:

After batting first, Mohammad Kaif-led Chattisgarh was bundled out for 238 in 73 overs before the visitors Punjab posted 57 for one in 14 overs.

Skipper Jiwanjot Singh is batting on 40 off 44 deliveries, and Uday Kaul faced 35 balls to score nine runs.

Chhattisgarh lost first five wickets on 35 runs in 22.5 overs.

For Chhattisgarh, Vishal Singh was the top-scorer with 76 off 93 balls. He smashed 12 boundaries and two maximums.

Fast bowler Manpreet Gony bagged four wickets, and Vinay Choudhary bagged three wickets.

Vidarbha Vs Services at Nagpur:

In the first innings, Vidarbha posted 259 for three against Services in Nagpur.

Skipper Faiz Fazal scored unbeaten 128 off 256 balls. He registered 12 boundaries and three sixes.

Before the stumps were taken off, Ganesh Satish was batting on 14 off 43 balls.

Khalid Ahmed picked two wickets, and Vikas Yadav claimed a wicket of Wasim Jaffer.

Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa
Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa

Prithvi Shaw hammers his fourth first-class hundred against Orissa

The 17-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who has been in scintillating form, has once again proved his mettle by scoring a brilliant hundred against Orissa in a Ranji trophy game earlier today in Bhubaneswar.

Notably, this is the fourth first-class hundred slammed by Shaw in the five matches he has played. Shaw, with this hundred, is now behind only Sachin Tendulkar to score most centuries at 17 years of age. Shaw notched up a hundred in the first Duleep Trophy match he played earlier this season to become the youngest cricketer to achieve this feat.

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Winning the toss, Orissa captain Govinda Poddar sent the touring Mumbai to bat first. Opening the innings, Shaw was fluent from the first ball as he played some delightful shots to bring on his hundred maintaining a healthy strike rate. He along with India batsman Ajinkya Rahane steadied the Mumbai innings stitching a useful partnership of 136 runs before Basant Mohanty got Shaw plumb in front of the wicket at the individual score of 105 runs with the help of 18 boundaries. Ajinkya Rahane who was included in the Mumbai squad had a good start but couldn’t get going as he got out for 49 runs.

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The junior India selectors picked him as the u-19 captain for the England tour keeping his mind his brilliant form. He had a fair stint against the English side scoring some useful runs for his team at the top of the order. However, he was axed from the u-19 side touring Malaysia for the Asia after discussing with India u-19 coach Rahul Dravid to give him an extended run in the longest format which is paying a dividend now.

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The cricketer from Mumbai was also picked up by the national selectors to represent the Board President XI, who played two matches against the touring Kiwi side before the start of the tour. He played a magnificent knock of 66 runs against a good bowling attack which earned him praise from the opponent team fast-bowler Trent Bolt.

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Prithvi Shaw scores a century.

I Have Learnt How to be More Consistent from Mumbai, India-A Experience – Prithvi Shaw

The news of selectors leaving out Prithvi Shaw from India U-19 side to make him play Ranji Trophy was a surprising one because he was the captain of the team on team India’s previous series against England and this time, and now he didn’t get select.

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A young Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi would have thought that he missed a chance for the national side, but the 17-year-old-player did not miss it, as selectors took the sight of him, as the youngster played an innings of 123 against a strong Tamil Nadu bowling line-up. He was unstoppable on the day and continued to score runs,

“The more consistent I am, the better it will be for me. There are people watching too, like the selectors, and it is important to be consistent. If you score a hundred in one game and then don’t do much in the next three or four matches, then that hundred doesn’t mean anything. I have learnt from many experienced players in the Mumbai team as well as the India A team how to be consistent. That helps a lot to ensure that I don’t get into bad form,” said Shaw.

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Dravid made his international appearance against Sri Lanka at Singapore in 1996. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

India A and U19 coach, Rahul Dravid confirmed that Prithvi would be playing the junior World Cup next year, which has left no room for doubts. Prithvi might be back in the team for the upcoming tournament, and this was probably a rotational exercise, which is going on in the Indian team nowadays.

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The Mumbaikar has impressed with the bat as well. In the Duleep Trophy final, making his debut in the tournament, Shaw emulated Sachin Tendulkar when he scored a century. He became one of the two batsmen to score a century on Ranji and Duleep Trophy debut.

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Even the members of senior selection committee looked impressed by him, and Prithvi could draw a call for himself in time to come.

Prithvi Shaw | India U19 team |
CHESTERFIELD, ENGLAND – JULY 23: Prithvi Shaw of India bats during the England U19 v India U19 match at Queen’s Park Cricket Club on July 23, 2017, in Chesterfield, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

At the moment, Prithvi is playing for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and replaced Jay Bista in the side, who was the highest run-scorer in the last game. Before the game, it looked like Akhil Herwadkar would make way for Prithvi but Bista was benched for the experienced player.

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