IPL 2020: Prithvi Shaw is back to his best as he flays KKR bowling for 41 ball 66

Delhi Capitals’ opener Prithvi Shaw showed his class once again on Saturday when he smashed 66 off 41 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders in the match no.16 of Indian Premier League 2020.

The 20-year-old batsman smashed 4 fours and 4 sixes en route to his 66 before getting out in the 13th over of the game.

Notably, Shaw has been in good touch in IPL 2020 as the 20-year-old has so far scored 137 runs in four games including two fifties. He also has 14 fours and 5 sixes to his name in the tournament.

However, it has not been an easy journey for Shaw as he had to fight against the odds, especially in the last 12 months, to be where he is today.

Injury Problems

Shaw had one of the most promising starts to his international cricket career in 2018 and he was all set to represent India in the Tests against Australia however, a last-minute injury ruled him out of the tour.

Later, he returned for Delhi Capitals and played consistently in IPL 2019. He had a decent campaign, scoring 353 runs from 16 matches, but later in the year he suffered a hip injury due to which he was ruled out of from India’s tour of West Indies.

Doping Ban

In 2019, Shaw suffered the biggest setback in his budding career came when he was handed a backdated ban of 8 months for a doping violation.

Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”, it was revealed.

Shaw’s urine sample collected during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on 22nd February 2019 in Indore was found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.

Back to basics

His backdated ban ended on November 15 and he immediately got back to playing domestic cricket. In his first competitive outing after the expiry of the doping ban, Shaw smashed a 38-ball 63 in Mumbai’s Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy outing against Assam.

The young batsman followed it up with scores of 30, 64, 30 and 53 and carried on the fine form to Ranji Trophy 2019-20 campaign, in which he smashed a double hundred (179-ball 202) for Mumbai in their 1st match of the season against Baroda.

Injury concern once again

Prithvi’s comeback was cut-short due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka in January.

Grabbing opportunity with both hands

After recovering from the injury, Shaw was picked for India A tour of New Zealand and the young opener grabbed the chances with his both hands.

Shaw began the New Zealand tour with a 100-ball 150 for India A against New Zealand XI on January 19. 2 days later, the young opener found himself in the Indian ODI squad for the New Zealand series.

The young prodigy celebrated his call-up by smashing a match-winning 35-ball 48 in the 2nd unofficial ODI in New Zealand and since then there has been no looking back for Prithvi Shaw.