- Prithvi Shaw scored 63 on his highly anticipated return to cricket.
- The youngster is playing for Mumbai at the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
- He was banned for 8 months after a prohibited drug was found in his urine sample.
Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw scored an impressive knock of 63 runs from 39 balls playing for Mumbai against Assam in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Shaw returned to competitive cricket after 8 months, having received a ban after his urine samples consisted of a prohibited drug, Terbutaline. The young batsman, however, claimed that the drug was an ingredient of a cough syrup.-- Advertisement --
His 63 runs, along with opening partner Aditya Tare’s 82 runs were enough for Mumbai to secure an 83 run win against their opponents who could only register 123 runs.
A nightmare for Assam bowlers
Prithvi Shaw walked out along with his opening partner Aditya Tare to open the innings for Mumbai. The duo was instrumental in setting up a first wicket partnership of 138 runs. Aditya Tare was the first player to get dismissed after scoring 82 runs off 48 deliveries which consisted of 12, fours and 1 six.-- Advertisement --
Shaw began his innings slowly picked up the pace, as the young batsman was a nightmare for the Assamese bowlers. His 63 runs came from 39 deliveries as he smashed 7 fours and 2 sixes in his return to competitive cricket after 8 long months.
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Mumbai was able to post a big total of 206/5 in their 20 overs, after big contributions from the openers. Captain Suryakumar Yadav and Shivam Dube were dismissed on the very first ball they faced, however, Siddhesh Lad remained not out after contributing 32 runs. Shreyas Iyer was dismissed on 16 runs, while Sujit Nayak contributed 10 runs and also remained not-out.
The Mumbai bowlers contributed effectively in the second innings and restricted Assam to 123 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs. Shivam Dube bowled an impressive 3 overs in which he picked up 2 wickets and gave away only 3 runs.
While Dhawal Kulkarni and Shams Mulani also picked up 2 wickets each. Shardul Thakur and Shreyas Iyer were the other two bowlers to pick a wicket each, helping Mumbai secure an 83 run win over Assam.
Much of the attention was on Prithvi Shaw who had faced a turbulent 8 months of his career so far. The young batsman was initially shaken upon hearing his fate of being banned from playing any form of cricket.
He took his time to compose himself, and with the advice of Rahul Dravid, he was training hard for his return at the National Cricket Academy. He had the company of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron and Kuldeep Yadav who were all training to return back to their best fitness levels.
Prithvi certainly put his 8 long months behind him and focused on coming out a stronger and well-conditioned cricketer and it clearly showed in the way he performed upon his return to cricketing action.
The young batsman who has a bright future ahead of him said, “I never thought that something like this would happen. I was obviously upset. For the first 20-25 days after I was banned, I was not able to make sense of things. After that, I stabilized myself and kept myself mentally stronger. But each day was hard. I kept harder with each passing day.”