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Prithvi Shaw failed to recover from ankle injury during India’s tour of Australia © Getty
Delhi Capitals batsman Prithvi Shaw, who has recovered from his ankle injury, vouched for the rehabilitation he received at the National Cricket Academy – after the centre’s credibility had taken a hit in recent times.
“I mean everything was perfect over there (NCA),” the teenager said. “I did a lot of sessions there. I was working to get fit before Mushtaq Ali T20 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. Trainers and physio were very committed.”
He also put to rest speculations over his work ethic during his rehabilitation, which reportedly was one of the reasons for which he was sent home from the Australia tour after he had injured his ankle during a practice match.
“These are rumours, so I will better let it go,” he said. “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 the progress of recovery was slow.
“If you have had a look at my ankle, you would have known that it was really painful. Ankle wasn’t healing quickly and I had to return.”
Shaw, who returned to action for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, didn’t have the best of outings. Barring a 71 against Goa and 36 against Saurashtra, he managed only 27 in the remaining 6 matches before he was eventually dropped for the last two games of the Super League. Nonetheless, he got much-needed game time ahead of the IPL season.
Shaw believes his brief experience with the national team has been a massive learning experience. “I have learnt a lot,” he explained. “I mean I was a bit nervous when I first entered that (Indian) dressing room with players having 10 years of experience sitting in front of me. When the skipper and coach said that there are no seniors or juniors, you then kind of open up and irritate them with your questions.”
Shaw, who excelled as an opener in his team’s Under-19 World Cup win and has played at the top for Mumbai too, reckons he’s willing to be flexible with his batting spot, but admitted it’d require a change in mindset.
“For India, it is all about whatever number they want me to bat and not the other way round,” Shaw said. “When I open the innings in limited overs, my mindset is different. Two men outside 30-yard circle, powerplay overs but when I am going down the order, it will obviously change. I watch a lot of experienced players. I watch if I go at No 5, what will I do there. It’s all about mindset, how you approach that situation.”