Prithvi Shaw: I am not disappointed missing the World Cup

After 11 weeks of rehab and recovery, Shaw returned to action for the Twenty20 Mushtaq Ali Trophy and thereafter for Delhi Capitals in the IPL.

Prithvi Shaw at a promotional event in Mumbai on Friday.   -  PTI

Prithvi Shaw is not inclined to look at the plight he was in — rendered out of action for two-and-a-half months — as a quirk of fate. He hurt his left ankle fielding in the outfield during a tour match in Sydney before the start of the four Test series in Australia last year.

Not yet 20, the Mumbai right-hander is far from disappointed on missing the chance to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup in England.

The cricketing world took note of his solid start against the West Indies on his Test debut in Rajkot (134); and 70 and 33 not out in Hyderabad. The attacking style of his batting gave him a real chance of getting picked for the World Cup, but his inability to get fit for the home ODI series against Australia ruled him out.

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After 11 weeks of rehab and recovery, Shaw returned to action for the Twenty20 Mushtaq Ali Trophy and thereafter for Delhi Capitals in the IPL. And inside a week after the Capitals elimination from the IPL, Shaw was in action at the Wankhede Stadium, leading North Mumbai Panthers in the T20 Mumbai League.

Shaw has been selected in the India 'A' team for the five-match limited-overs internationals and one multi-day Test against West Indies 'A’ in July-August. When asked if he is disappointed that injury prevented him from being a possible candidate for the World Cup, he said: "I am not at all disappointed (missing the World Cup). It was a big opportunity for me in Australia last year. I twisted my ankle and was out of action for nearly three months. Lot of players, coaches and friends helped me a lot at that time. I was a bit disappointed then. My dad told me I am a guy who can come back stronger. So I always believe in that.’’

When asked on the change in mindset — moving from Capitals in the IPL to Panthers in T20 Mumbai League — he said, "I am from Mumbai and so I am more comfortable in this dressing room. I have played club cricket with all these guys and also for Mumbai. The IPL is different, it happens once in a year. The two months with Delhi is obviously important. But it also means a lot to me playing in this league here and sharing the dressing room with the Panthers.’’