The Indian cricket team suffered a significant blow, days ahead of the first Test vs Australia, as rising star Prithvi Shaw was dominated from the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval beginning December 6 with an ankle injury.
Shaw was removed off the area after landing and rolling on his left ankle while fielding at the 4-day tour match against Cricket Australia XI in the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The incident happened in the 15th over of Cricket Australia XI’s innings, when Max Bryant latched on to a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery and struck him for six over midwicket. Shaw was able to get below the ball and grab it, but spilled the opportunity, while tumbling over the ropes. In the process, he hurt his ankle.
BCCI confirmed the opener endured a “lateral limb injury” when attempting to catch a Max Bryant six on the deep mid-wicket boundary rope at the morning session of this practice game.
“Shaw underwent scans this morning along with the reports revealed a lateral sinus injury,” BCCI explained in a statement. “Shaw is going to be inaccessible for the first Test against Australia in Adelaide. He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to quicken the recovery and also be available for selection at the first.”
Shaw rolled over on his left arm when going for the catch, along with his arm bending 90-degrees inwards underneath him as he stumbled, then hammered to the ground and above the rope. Physios from both teams came to his help before he was carried off the field with India’s physio Patrick Farhart plus a member of the Indian group staff.
Shaw’s accident implies that Vijay and Rahul would be India’s openers from the first Test against Australia. Vijay, who had an indifferent series against England and was dropped for the previous two Tests on the tour, has a good Evaluation record in Australia. He scored 482 runs [1 trillion, 4 fifties] on India’s last tour, is just one of the kingpins in the impressive showing with the bat.
India, possibly awaiting Shaw’s injury, haven’t named a squad replacement yet. Should they do, Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal, as well as the recently-dropped Shikhar Dhawan, are in line.