Kolkata, Feb 1: Life is unpredictable. Destiny drives. But what remains in one's control is his relentless commitment to excel. Despite ups and downs, the will power to overcome challenges in life often decides one's future.
No one better than Mumbai cricketer Prithvi Pankaj Shaw knows how unpredictable life can be. How people around you can change, when things go as per plan. But Prithvi has proved more than once that he loves to fight back in life and he is perhaps ready to dazzle again as a champion cricketer.
The former Under 19 World Cup winning captain Shaw under coach Rahul Dravid and along with his the then deputy Shubman Gill in 2018, hit headlines for winning the Under 19 World Cup.
He soon was included in the senior men's national tea. Prithvi even hit a Test century on debut. But few injuries, some unexpected off-field incidents and indiscipline activities changed Shaw's dream run in cricketing world.
But his potential, big boundary hitting skills as a top order batter and cricketing knowledge were always assets for any team, he has played for. He of course, is young to excel again as a cricketer and regain his credentials.
Recently, he was out of action for nearly six months due to a knee injury. But the latest update is, he would make a return to competitive cricket.
Shaw, who is 24 now, has been included in Mumbai's squad for the fifth round of the 2023-24 Ranji Trophy against Bengal, here at Eden Gardens.
The decision to include Shaw in Mumbai' squad came after a clearance from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, following a fitness test in which he was deemed fit for competitive cricket.
"Prithvi Shaw is progressing well in his batting and fielding drills. He will undergo higher volumes of acceleration, change of direction, and agility drills over the next 3 weeks to develop the required robustness for his injured knee ligament before making a return to sports," The NCA had informed the Mumbai Cricket Association, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
The 24-year-old, who sustained the injury during a county stint with Northamptonshire in August, underwent surgery in London, followed by three-month rehabilitation process at NCA.
Shaw's injury came at a time when he was in peak form, leading the run charts in England's domestic one-day competition with 429 runs, including a record-breaking 244 off 153 balls against Somerset.
Mumbai, the 41-time Ranji champions, currently leads Group B with three wins in four matches. (With IANS support)