Once touted as the next Sachin Tendulkar, Prithvi Shaw was destined to achieve great heights in Indian cricket. However, the youngster seems to be lost in oblivion recently as he is nowhere near the national team set-up at the moment. In fact, with the main squad already left for Australia for the T20 World Cup, India are playing a second-string squad against South Africa in the ODIs. Shikhar Dhawan is leading the team while the likes of Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Sanju Samson are leading the batting department.
However, despite all this, the national selectors didn’t pick Prithvi Shaw for the South Africa ODIs. The opener has been in fine form lately and has been scoring runs consistently in domestic cricket consistently. He had a fantastic Ranji Trophy season for Mumbai and he continued his form for India A against New Zealand A as well.
Prithvi Shaw expresses disappointment for not getting picked for South Africa ODIs
Talking to Mid-Day, the young Mumbai opening batter broke his silence over his omission from the Indian squad.
“I was disappointed. I am scoring runs, doing a lot of hard work, but not getting a chance,” said Shaw.
“But, it’s alright. When they [national selectors] feel I am ready, they will play me. Whatever opportunities I get, whether it is for India ‘A’ or other teams, I will make sure I do my best and keep my fitness levels up to the mark,” he further added.
Prithvi Shaw also revealed that he is currently working hard on his fitness levels and has reduced 7-8 KG weight since the last edition of the IPL while also following a strict diet plan.
“I did not work on different things in my batting but did a lot of fitness work. I worked on weight loss and reduced it by seven to eight kgs after the last IPL. I spent a lot of time in the gym, did a lot of running, and didn’t consume any sweets and cold drinks. Chinese food is totally out of my menu now,” told Prithvi Shaw to Mid-Day.
The young Mumbai batter will now be playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and he is preparing and working hard ahead of the competition alongside the support staff.
“We played a few practice games here [in Ahmedabad]. All players are in good shape. We have good all-rounders, batsmen and bowlers. I believe it’s a very strong team. All the support staff members are working hard on our preparation and I am optimistic about doing well as a team. All the players in this team are established somewhere, played at a good level and are experienced,” concluded Prithvi Shaw.