After a 2-2 series draw against South Africa (thanks to a blurry T20I final in Bangalore), India will play Ireland in the shortest possible format next month. The team will play the Irish in two T20Is on 26 and 28 June respectively. Hardik Pandya will be the leading party in the games. The T20I team against South Africa saw the return of Pandya as well as veteran batter Dinesh Kartik and the team for the tour of Ireland also saw the return of Sanju Samson.
However, there was one batter whose name was still missing from the Indian list – Prithvi Show. The first batter to land some explosive shots for the Delhi Capitals in the recently concluded 2022 Indian Premier League season, he made his last appearance for India in July 2021 during a T20I match against Sri Lanka. In the 2022 IPL, Shaw hit 283 runs in 10 innings with a brilliant hitting rate of 152.97. He was forced to miss four games near the end of the tournament due to health issues and was greatly missed by the Capitals early in the tournament.
Shaw is currently leading the Mumbai team that will play Madhya Pradesh in the final of the Ranji Trophy starting Wednesday, but insists a return to India is not in his plans at the moment.
“You know, it never crosses my mind to return to the Indian national team. Getting the Cup is my main motive, and I don’t think about anything other than winning it,” the skipper clearly outlined his priorities.
“Preparing what we did for the Ranji Trophy and not focusing on what’s going on outside. It’s about winning the Ranji Trophy and bringing back those happy moments,” Shaw said.
Since Shaw returned to Mumbai for the knockouts for the Ranji Trophy, he has spent two half a century in four opportunities. He believes that a big blow is just around the corner for him.
“I scored a couple of fifties, but that’s definitely not enough for me, and no one even congratulated me after I hit fifty, and you feel bad too (jokingly),” said the Mumbai skipper.
“Sometimes it happens, but I’m glad that my team is doing well. As a captain, I have to think about all 21 players I have, not just myself.
“In cricket and in life, the graph is always going up and down, and it will never always go up. So it’s just a matter of time before I hit the middle of those balls again and hit those big wounds again. But right now I want to make sure my team is doing well and enjoying the game,” said the skipper.