Prithvi Shaw, one of the most promising young batsmen in the world today, has recovered fully from a terrible ankle injury he suffered in a tour match during India’s recent tour of Australia. Prithvi didn’t play a part in any of the Test matches during the series, which India won 2-1 under
Virat Kohli‘s captaincy.
It was India’s first-ever series win Down Under; and Prithvi was heartbroken. “After that injury, I was very upset. I couldn’t play a part in the Australia series… it was really frustrating. But we won the series and that was a big thing for me,” the 19-year-old revealed during an open media session of IPL team Delhi Capitals on Saturday. “Gradually, with passage of time, I have tried to forget the entire injury incident. It happens. I have moved forward,” he added.
Throwing light on his post-injury rehab process, Prithvi said, “When I went to Bangalore and did my rehab, I was feeling good as my ankle was getting better. The way I was moving, the way I was training, I felt I was there (ready to play competitive cricket again). After two months of rehab and training, I came back on the field.
“Everything was perfect over there (at the NCA). I did a lot of sessions there. I was working to get fit before the Mushtaq Ali T20s as I wanted to get used to the T20 format and then go to the IPL. That’s how I had planned my two months of rehab. The trainers and physios were very committed.”
Prithvi dismissed speculations that ‘indiscipline’ had forced his premature return from the Australia tour. “These are rumours, so I will better let it go,” Prithvi stated categorically.
The teenager insisted that it was only because of slow recovery from the ankle injury that he had to return and couldn’t play the third Test in Melbourne.
“No one told me anything about not working hard. I wanted to play but got injured. I thought I could play the third Test (in Melbourne) but then progress of recovery was slow. If you had looked at my ankle then, you would have known that it was really painful. It wasn’t healing quickly and I had to return and undergo the rehab process,” he said.
Prithvi is totally focused on the upcoming IPL and underlined that his time will come as far as playing in India’s limited-overs team is concerned.
“Each and every game is important to take the next step. But right now I’m thinking about my IPL team and not contemplating about the ODI scheme of things. I know I will get opportunities to play for the Indian limited-overs team in the future. I just need to go step by step.”