Prithvi Shaw, the young, talented Indian cricketer, gained the attention of the country’s cricketing fandom last month. Following a dope test ban, the Mumbai player made a blistering comeback to the game after 8 months, and scored a stunning century back in December in a Ranji trophy match. Well, there was more action left in Prithvi, as the India A batsman has scored a mouth watering knock of 150 playing against New Zealand XI today, which is definitely strengthening his potential to be selected for the international squad.
While Team India will be taking on the Black Caps in their upcoming test series in February, the India A team travelled to Lincoln for their second warm up match against the hosts. Be it a practice match, the Bert Sutcliffe Oval saw an astounding performance from Prithvi.
The opener scored 150 runs from 100 balls, with 22 boundaries and 2 over boundaries. The 20 year old’s monumental knock put India at 372, while the Kiwis were restricted to 360 in the second innings.
Along with Prithvi, his opening partner Mayank Agarwal scored 32, and the captain Shubman Gill had 24 runs to his name. Vijay Shankar stretchered India’s innings with a stormy 58 off 41.
While Prithvi proved his worth following the dope ban, he missed the first New Zealand practice game on 17th January after suffering an injury in the Ranji match against Karnataka, where he strained his left shoulder during fielding at the Bandra Kurla Complex.
Prithvi made his red ball debut for the Men in Blues against West Indies back in 2018. In the two match series, the Delhi Capitals player opened against the skipper Virat Kohli, and on his debutant game, Prithvi scored an amazing 134 off 154. The youngster was named by ICC as one of the five breakout cricketers of 2018. Despite, the player’s test cap count is still held at 2, as there have been no more call ups for international duty.
However, Prithvi’s stormy 150 today will surely grab the selectors’ attention, and it is highly probable that the youngster will join Kohli and his squad before India’s tour of New Zealand next month, starting on 21st February at the Basin Reserve cricket ground.