Prithvi Shaw made his much-awaited return to competitive cricket following the end of eight-month ban and scored 63 for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game against Assam at Wankhede Stadium.
The 20-year-old opened his account with a single towards the third man. He took his time to settle down. Aditya Tare, on the other hand, played his shots to take the pressure off the youngster. He scored 82 off 28 before being dismissed by Riyan Parag.
Shaw went for the big shots in the 12th over but could not connect his first shot well. He got a reprieve as the fielder spilt the catch. Shaw made most out of the chance and punished Abhilash Gogoi with two back to back sixes. He reached his half-century with a boundary on 32nd delivery he faced.
The former India U19 batsman is set to play more matches for Mumbai and will look to get his spot back in the national team with his form in domestic cricket.
Shaw was banned by BCCI for eight months (in July) for a doping violation. Though he had to serve only four months out of eight months’ ban as it was a backdated ban. Shaw played Indian Premier League and Mumbai T20 League during the ban period.
He was to play for India A against West Indies A but had to miss the series as he wasn’t fully fit. Two weeks later, BCCI announced the ban on the India Test batsman.
Coming in as a teenager, Shaw had made his Test debut against West Indies in Rajkot last year. He became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut and ended the series with 237 runs at an average of 118.50. He flew with the team to Australia as the first-choice opener but an injury during the practice match ruled him out of the series.
In his absence, Shumban Gill has become the backup opener and Shaw has a tough task to reclaim his Test spot back.
He will be available for full Ranji season and will also be playing IPL 2020 for Delhi Capitals as the franchise retained him.