Prithvi Shaw was slated to be the next big thing in Indian cricket.
Yet, he was one of the few cricketers who didn’t emerge from the Australia tour with flying colours.
In the opening Test at Adelaide, Shaw managed to score just 4 runs in two innings which also included a duck.
Shaw was bowled in both innings by Cummins and Starc.
The chink in his armour against the ball that came in, was effectively exploited by the Aussies and ended Shaw’s stint in the Indian team.
But we can only hope that is a temporary setback.
After all, Shaw’s talent is undeniable.
In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Shaw has been on a sensational run of form. In the second semi-final against Karnataka, Shaw hammered 165 runs off just 122 balls to help his team reach a challenging 322-run total.
He reached his ton off just 79 balls with the help of 12 fours and 3 sixes.
With 754 runs in 7 innings, Shaw also broke Mayank Agarwal’s record of maximum runs (723) in the tournament in one season.
Earlier, with his 123-ball 185 against Saurashtra while chasing, Shaw had also broken the record of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli’s for the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in a run chase in a first class game.
Dhoni had scored 183 against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005 and Kohli had smashed 183 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup clash in Dhaka in 2012.
Despite this, it’s unlikely that Shaw will be part of the ODI series.
The Indian ODI team will be announced on Sunday but reliable sources say that none of the senior players like Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma have opted for any rest.
So Prithvi Shaw will have to wait for his chance and let his bat do the talking, for the time being.