Many sportsperson over the years have been a victim of doping addiction, and faced punishment and bans from their respective sports. The long break from the game most of the times causes them to quit the sport for good, but not in the case of Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw. After serving a ban of 8 months, the Mumbai batsman has intensified his return to the 22 yards with a century against Baroda in the Ranji trophy!
Back in July, Prithvi was subjected to a doping test by BCCI, and the results revealed that there was presence of Terbutaline in his urine, a substance listed in WADA’s Prohibited List of Substances. The player was banned from the sport until November 15, with an official statement released by BCCI, which said that the Prithvi had: “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”
Following the ban, the player took it to social media, and posted a statement on his official Twitter handle.
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) July 30, 2019
However, its all in the past now. A fresh resume on the 22 yards has him landing a marvellous 100 runs off 84 balls against Baroda. This was the 9th century for Mumbai’s hard hitter. At lunch on day 3, Prithvi is 122 unbeaten, with 12 fours and 4 sixes.
What the spectators saw on field, Prithvi had already determined it long ago. On his birthday on Nov 9, the 20 year old tweeted a video of him doing net practice, with a caption that read: “I turn 20 today. I assure it will be Prithvi Shaw 2.0 going forward. Thank u for all the good wishes & support. Will be back in action soon. #motivation #hardwork #believe“
Check out the tweet here-
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) November 9, 2019
Shaw made his debut for Mumbai on 1st January 2017 in the semi final of the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy against Tamil Nadu, and scored 120 off 175. His international test debut came on 4th October 2018 versus West Indies, and he has earned 293 caps in the game format. The right handed batsman plays for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.
Prithvi’s impressive comeback has him claiming the spot for the third test opener in the upcoming New Zealand tour in February 2020.