Prithvi Shaw might be available for Boxing day Test: Ravi Shastri

Indian young opening batsman Prithvi Shaw might be available for the boxing day Test between India and Australia according to the reports from Ravi Shastri.


Prithvi Shaw is the recent sensation in the Indian Test line-up. The U19 World Cup winning captain had earned his maiden call-up during English summer and made a dream debut during the Test series between India and Windies.

That debut has made a huge expectation on the young right-handed batsman ahead of the Australia Test. Shaw also carried the same momentum in the warm-up game too. Unfortunately, he has injured his ankle during the game going for a catch in the boundary line.

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That has ruled out the young opener from the series opener in Adelaide Oval. Now the head coach Ravi Shastri has given an update on his injury that the opener is likely to return for the boxing day Test in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

“It was heartbreaking to see him go down the way he did but the good thing is he is recovering well. He has started walking, maybe if we can get him running by the weekend, that will really be a good sign,” Shastri told Australian radio channel SEN’s Whateley.

“With youth by his side, he might recover quickly, we will take a call as we go close to Perth,” he added. As the series opener begins on December 6, the head coach expects that the host will give a tough fight to the no.1 ranked Test team.

“No team at home is a weak team, every team at home is a strong team, no matter which opposition you are playing against and I would imagine Australia to come out all guns blazing,” he said.

“But we have the talent and experience, in the bowling department we have the skills, so it will be one heck of a series.  You can’t have one or two good sessions, you have to compete the whole distance because matches can turn on its head in an hour or so.

So the boys are aware of it and they know they have to be top of game at all times. You need a collective effort, you need at least 6-7 guys delivering all the time and if that happens we can well be in the winning side,” the head coach added.

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