[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Friday, Team India got a major blow just six days before the opening Test when young batsman Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide starting which will start on December 6. Prithvi hurt his ankle while trying to take a catch against Cricket Australia XI and had to be carried off at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The 19-year-old appeared to have rolled his left ankle attempting a catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary. While attempting to catch a big hit from opener Max Bryant, Prithvi landed awkwardly with his left ankle bending 90-degrees inwards underneath him, and he tumbled to the ground and over the rope.
“Shaw underwent scans this morning and the reports revealed a lateral ligament injury. Shaw will be unavailable for the First Test against Australia in Adelaide. He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the earliest,” BCCI said in a release.
Shaw had scored a sparkling debut century in the first Test against the Windies in October, immediately grabbed his left ankle and medical staff rushed to help him off the field, casting doubt over his fitness for the opening Test against Australia in Adelaide from Thursday.
The right-handed batsman, who scored a 69-ball 66 on Thursday, was seen as a certainty to open the batting in Adelaide in the upcoming match.
Shaw hit 11 fours before he was bowled around his legs by CA XI leg-spinner Dan Fallins attempting a sweep shot that left him performing the splits on the pitch.
The news creates a top-order selection headache for the visitors, with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul the likely beneficiaries. India batting coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed on Wednesday that one opening spot was up for grabs.
(With inputs from AFP)