19-year-old Prithvi Shaw picked up a nasty injury during practice match against Cricket Australia XI on November 30 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In the first session of Day 3 of the match, Shaw tried to take a catch on the boundary ropes and twisted his left ankle 90 degrees inwards. As soon as he hit the ground, he was visibly in pain, holding his left knee.
India’s physio Patrick Farhat rushed to Shaw, along with India’s fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar. The Mumbai youngster was carried off the field by Farhat and Sridhar.
— RajJalli (@RajJalli) November 30, 2018
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed the details as injury led to him being ruled out of the first Test starting December 6. Here’s an excerpt from the press release,
Shaw underwent scans this morning and the reports revealed a lateral ligament injury. Shaw will be unavailable for the First Test against Australia in Adelaide. He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the earliest.
Experts and fans too to twitter to express their concern for India’s young prodigy,
Feel for Prithvi Shaw. Hopefully he recovers soon. https://t.co/XVhna2zsUE
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 30, 2018
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 30, 2018
— Hit wicket (@sukhiaatma69) November 30, 2018
Unfortunate. Very unfortunate. Was looking forward to see Shaw bat at Adelaide….not to be. Ligament tear in the ankle can take 3 weeks or more. Perth in doubt too. Wish him a speedy recovery. #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 30, 2018
Prithvi Shaw’s injury is no doubt a blow for India but hopefully his return won’t be “hastened” as stated in the BCCI statement
— Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) November 30, 2018
Prithvi Shaw ruled out of opening Test against Australia after a lateral ligament injury to his left ankle.
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) November 30, 2018
Foreign cricket personalities too expressed their concern.
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) November 30, 2018
Oh, man. This is Prithvi Shaw’s ankle today. Injuries are the worst thing about sport. I’ve done both ankles at basketball. It’s agony and they still give me trouble. Hope the kid can get back to full health. pic.twitter.com/W6s73NUWFa
— Michael Randall (@MickRandallHS) November 30, 2018
The Indian opener was in line to play his first Test after a half-century in the practice match, 66 runs off 69 deliveries. After his successful debut against West Indies in October, cricket pundits were looking forward to see how he fares against the Aussie bowling attack in overseas conditions.