Team India has received a major blow ahead of the first Test against Australia as opening batsman Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out due to an injury he suffered during the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI.
Shaw injured his ankle while fielding on day three of the practice match. The Indian opening batsman was fielding at deep mid-wicket when his attempted catch of Max Bryant resulted in injuring his ankle.
Shaw got underneath of the lofted shot but in an attempt to stay inside the boundary ropes went over his ankle. He was immediately rushed to the changing rooms and then to the hospital for scans.
A statement released by BCCI said that Shaw underwent scans this morning and the reports revealed a lateral ligament injury. The Board has made it clear that Shaw will be unavailable for the First Test against Australia in Adelaide and he will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery.
The opening batsman was an essential part of India’s batting plans for the tour of Australia. His impressive performance in domestic cricket fast-tracked his entry into the national team. In his debut Test series, he hammered 237 runs in just three innings and also scored a spectacular hundred in debut innings.
He looked in ominous form in Australia as well as he scored a quick-fire half-century in the first innings versus CA XI in the practice match.
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The right-hand batsman was supposed to open the innings for Team India but now with his injury the team management has one more slot to fill.
Shaw’s injury might open the gates of the playing XI for Murali Vijay who was dropped from the England series. There are no other specialist openers in the squad and hence Team India might rope in Shikhar Dhawan or Mayank Agarwal as a cover for the injured opener.