- Feb 23, 2024
- Dec 15, 2023
Star Mumbai batter Prithvi Shaw, who has had prolific returns with the bat in the domestic circuit, expressed that he is “disappointed” to not get picked for the national team. He feels that he has not been given a chance despite scoring runs and putting in a lot of hard work.
Shaw last played an international game in July 2021 in a T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Although the Mumbai batter is unhappy to not find his name in India’s ODI squad for the home series, he believes that he would get the nod when the selectors feel he is ready.
“I was disappointed. I am scoring runs, doing a lot of hard work, but not getting a chance,” said Shaw in an interview with Mid-Day. “But, it’s alright. When they [national selectors] feel I am ready, they will play me. Whatever opportunities I get, whether it is for India ‘A’ or other teams, I will make sure I do my best and keep my fitness levels up to the mark,”
“I did not work on different things in my batting, but did a lot of fitness work. I worked on weight-loss and reduced by 7-8 kgs after the last Indian T20 League. I spent a lot of time in the gym, did a lot of running, didn’t consume any sweets and cold drinks. Chinese food is totally out of my menu now,” said the 22-year-old.
With India’s domestic T20 tournament around the corner, Shaw reckons that Mumbai players are in good shape and are equipped with some impressive players. He said that the team, along with the support staff, are working hard and are optimistic about doing well as a team. Mumbai also had a successful campaign in the First Class circuit, finishing as the runners-up in the competition.
“We played a few practice games here [in Ahmedabad]. All players are in good shape. We have good all-rounders, batsmen and bowlers. I believe it’s a very strong team. All the support staff members are working hard on our preparation and I am optimistic of doing well as a team. All the players in this team are established somewhere, played a good level and are experienced,” said Shaw.