India vs Australia Test 2018: Prithvi Shaw will be out for the First Test against Australia in Adelaide
In what was an awful fielding day for India, the visitors faced an injury blow with Prithvi Shaw ruled out of the first Test, as Cricket Australia XI were 356/6 in 102 over’s at stumps on Day 3 of the practice match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
The incident took place when 19-year-old Shaw, who had scored a stroke-filled 69-ball 66runs in the Indians’ first-innings total of 358 in the four-day game, attempted to get a catch at the boundary line during the local side’s innings.
Max Bryant hit the ball long and Prithvi Shaw got under the catch fine, but in trying to maintain his balance and keep himself inside the ropes, he went over on his ankle.
The youngster stayed down and had to be carried off after a bit by members of the Indian team’s medical staff.
Visibly in pain at the time, Prithvi Shaw was sent for scans to a local hospital in Sydney, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the day after – on Friday, 30 November – that Shaw wouldn’t play a part in the first Test against Australia, starting 6 December in Adelaide.
“Shaw undergo scans this morning and the reports exposed a lateral ligament injury,” said the BCCI in a statement. “Shaw will be out for the First Test against Australia in Adelaide. He will suffer an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the initial.”
Shaw, the skipper of India’s ICC Under-19 World Cup-winning squad in early 2018, has made an outstanding start to his Test career, hitting 237 runs in two matches, including a century in his debut hit and a half-century in his second, both against the West Indies at home in October.
The team had him down as the first-choice starter for the Test series, and are now likely to open with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, the other openers in the side.