Prithvi Shaw’s case in ODIs is as mysterious as Sanju Samson’s in the T20Is. Possibly one of the most destructive batter in the country, Shaw has been topping powerplay charts in the past two years. Not just that, the positive intent that the right-hander has shown in his gameplay is something on the lines of the want of the new management.
Despite that, the 22-year-old continues to be ignored by the selectors, with the management instead favouring the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan in the squad. While stating that he was left disappointed by not getting a call-up to the Indian setup, Shaw promised that he would do everything in his measure to make a return to the setup.
"I am back in form and I will make sure I will come back to the Indian team. I am determined to do it," Shaw told Mid-Day.
"I was disappointed. I am scoring runs, doing a lot of hard work, but not getting a chance. But, it's alright. When they [national selectors] feel I am ready, they will play me,” he added.
After his IPL was cut short by injuries, Shaw was once again in the headline, for his show in the Duleep Trophy. The opener also was a strong influence in India A’s win over New Zealand A, with his swashbuckling display at the top of the order.
"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."
One of the things that has constantly bogged down the right-hander in the past, has been fitness. However, this time around, the 22-year-old insisted that he has worked terribly hard on his body, including losing up to eight kilograms of weight, with strict diet regime.
"I worked on weight loss and reduced it by seven to eight kgs after the last IPL. 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," he added.
Only time would tell us whether the youngster would make a return to the Indian setup after being frozen post the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka last year.