HIGHLIGHTS

⚬ The 19-year-old Indian opener Prithvi Shaw suffered a major injury in his ankle during a tour match vs CA XI

⚬ The ligament injury has ruled him out of the first Test at Adelaide which starts on December 6

⚬ This leaves India with a quandary over the opening position


The Board of Cricket Control India has confirmed that young gun Prithvi Shaw has incurred a lateral ligament injury during a tour match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The first of the four-match Test series is scheduled to be played at the Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2018. And Prithvi Shaw won’t feature in it due to his major ankle injury. Injured Prithvi shaw was carried out of the ground immediately after the attempted catch twisted his ankle. He was taken to the hospital and later came out with a fully strapped ankle and walking with the support of crutches. His condition doesn’t seem good enough even for the second Test which is just a little more than two weeks away.

 

Updates from BCCI on Twitter:

Shaw was fielding on the deep mid-wicket area on the third day of the tour game. He caught CA XI opener Max Bryant just inside the boundary line. Incidentally, he twisted his left ankle while landing. He seemed to be in a lot of pain as the India physio Patrick Farhart rushed to attend to him. Shaw was carried off the field immediately and taken for scans in the nearest hospital.

Shaw looked in good form as he hit a smooth 66 in the ongoing practice match vs the CA XI, at the SCG. Perhaps, Shaw was certain to open the batting for India. The 19-year-old was a sure shot for the first Test, but India has been a little worried about the other opening spot. The Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar revealed yesterday that one opening spot was decided to be given to the teenager. The other opening spot and the No.6 position are still open. KL Rahul is the obligatory option for the second opener but has been underperforming this year. He averages 24.70 in 2018, with just two scores above fifty in 18 Test innings.

Competing for Rahul’s spot is veteran Murali Vijay, who had a forgettable England tour earlier this year. Rohit Sharma has never opened in the 25 Test innings that he has played till date, although he averages 58.18 batting at Position 6. India haven’t announced a squad replacement for the injured Prithvi Shaw yet. But it seems likely that they might go for Mayank Aggarwal or even Shikhar Dhawan.

 

Fixture: First Domain Test, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia vs India at The Adelaide Oval on December 6 (10.30 AM Local Time/ 5.30 AM IST)

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