Author: Tasirul Momin
Prithvi Shaw may get a chance to return to Test cricket against New Zealand in February next year. Shaw returned to domestic cricket last month after an eight-month doping ban.
Shaw made his Test debut against the West Indies last year and scored a century on debut. He was then dropped from the team due to injuries for the tour to Australia. Due to his great performance in domestic cricket, it is believed that he will get an opportunity to return to the national team on the tour of New Zealand.
Team India will play three ODIs, two Tests and five T20 matches on New Zealand tour starting from 24th January.
The Indian opener returned to domestic cricket with a match against Assam last month. In the match, he scored a quick 63 runs. Following this, he scored 30, 64, 30 and 53 runs in further innings. However, Mumbai could not make it to the semi-finals of the Mushtaq Ali Trophy. On his return to the Ranji Trophy, Shaw scored 66 off 62 balls against Baroda consisting of 11 fours and a six. Two Tests against New Zealand will be played in February.
According to ‘Indian Express’, Shaw could be included in the team as an option of the third opener after Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal.
India A will visit New Zealand before the main team to understand the conditions of the countries’ pitches. Shaw is also likely to be part of the India A team to get adjusted to the condition, which could help the Indian team to perform better in the main series.
According to the report, apart from Shaw; Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane can be included in this team so that they can practice better there as well.
A BCCI source said – “We want batsmen to practice better there before the Test series. Therefore, we want to send the main batsmen there with the A-team.” Shubman Gill was included in the team as the third opener during Shaw’s ban. However, he did not get a chance to play in any of the Test matches.
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