India’s young opening batsman Prithvi Shaw is a doubtful starter for the second and final Test match against New Zealand in Christchurch on February 29, Saturday. The young batsman skipped Thursday’s practice session owing to a swelling on his left foot, which is quite obvious that he might not turn up for the match.
If reports doing the rounds are to be believed, the young opener will undergo a blood test to know the extent of the swelling. While other players had a nice time playing touch rugby as part of the training session, Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw didn’t even engage in the customary warm-up session.
However, the Indian team management is hopeful that the swelling will not be a serious concern for Shaw. Prithvi Shaw had a dismal outing in the first Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington as he got dismissed cheaply in both the innings. Tim Southee dismissed him for 16 with an unplayable ball in the first innings. In the second innings, he fell prey to Trent Boult’s short ball as he was dismissed on 14.
Prithvi Shaw a doubtful starter for the second Test
Indian captain said that he has full faith in Prithvi Shaw’s potential to come back stronger because of his destructive ability while also adding that he will surely play him if he is fit as a fiddle. If the medical report is favourable, a final decision will be taken during Friday’s practice session on his availability for the Test match. If the reports say that Shaw is not comfortable while batting then he will not make it to the playing XI.
Meanwhile, young prospect had a good practice session on Thursday and is likely to open the innings for India alongside Mayank Agarwal just in case Prithvi Shaw is unable to make it at the last minute. It has been said that India’s head coach Ravi Shastri was paying some extra attention to Shubman Gill’s training session on Thursday. At one point of time, the chief coach walked up to Gill and was seen giving some tips.