Prithvi Shaw’s 379 boosts chances of India recall
Prithvi Shaw (PTI Photo)NEW DELHI: Prithvi Shaw has strengthened his chances of an India recall in the upcoming New Zealand and Australia series after smashing a maiden triple century in the domestic Ranji Trophy tournament.The 23-year-old Mumbai right-hand batsman scored 379 off 382 balls — the second-highest individual score in the domestic circuit — on day two of the four-day group match against Assam on Wednesday.He hit 49 fours and four sixes but missed out on reaching 400 after being trapped leg-before, ending a 401-run third-wicket partnership with Mumbai skipper Ajinkya Rahane.1/20Prithvi missile soars to new Ranji Trophy record Previous NextShow CaptionsPrithvi Shaw smashed the second-highest individual score in Ranji Trophy history with his 379-run knock on Wednesday.Shaw achieved the feat as he slammed a dominating maiden triple hundred during his team’s Ranji Trophy match against Assam on Day 2 in Guwahati.Resuming from the overnight score of 240, Shaw smashed 379 off 383 deliveries in a marathon knock decorated with 49 fours and six maximums.Bhausaheb Nimbalkar’s unbeaten 443, which he scored in December 1948, continues to be the highest Ranji Trophy score and the highest first-class score by an Indian batter.Shaw became the ninth Indian batter to score 350 plus score in the Ranji innings after Swapnil Gugale (351*), Cheteshwar Pujara (352), VVS Laxman (353), Samit Gohel (359*), Vijay Merchant (359*), MV Sridhar (366) and Sanjay Manjrekar (377).Shaw surpassed former Indian batter Manjrekar to become the highest individual scorer for Mumbai.Manjrekar had the highest individual score record of 377 runs against Hyderabad in the 1990-91 season.However, Shaw missed out on reaching the 400-run mark as he fell lbw to the leg-spinner Riyan Parag in the last over before lunch on Day 2.It ended a marathon 401-run partnership he enjoyed with Mumbai skipper Ajinkya Rahane for the third wicket. Shaw’s contribution was 262 in the stand.The 23-year-old galloped to his first triple century in domestic cricket from just 326 balls, and then kept breaking numerous other batting records.Apart from Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag, Shaw has now scored a century in T20s, a double hundred in List A cricket and a 300 in first-class cricket.The Mumbaikar, who had logged scores of 13, 6, 19, 4, 68, 35, and 15 in the first four matches of the 2022-23 Ranji season, thus bounced back into form in grand style.Shaw has played five Tests, six ODIs and one T20I, and last played for India in July 2021, during a white-ball tour of Sri Lanka.Shaw played the last of his five Tests against Australia on December 17–19, 2020 in Adelaide.Shaw finished second in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this season with 332 runs at a strike rate of 181.42 and a top score of 134 against Assam.Shaw scored 217 runs in seven innings in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, but he averages more than 50 in List A cricket.Delhi Capitals retained Shaw for their 2023 Indian Premier League campaign ahead of the IPL auctions.Former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir recently backed Shaw and urged coaches and selectors to help him and keep him on their radar.Shaw’s name is now sure to be discussed when the BCCI’s all-new selection committee sits down to pick the Indian squad for the upcoming white-ball series against New Zealand and Test series against Australia.”Sometimes you prepare hard but still don’t score runs. Today was my day,” Shaw told local media, ruing that the video of his dismissal showed he was not out.”(The) ball was missing the stumps. You can’t blame the umpires though. There was no DRS,” he said, referring to cricket’s Decision Review System.Jay Shah, secretary of the Indian cricket board, congratulated Shaw on Twitter for his “extraordinary” innings, hailing a “talent with immense potential”.Another entry into the record books! What an extraordinary inning @PrithviShaw! Congratulations on hitting the seco… https://t.co/8AuHwHJqB0— Jay Shah (@JayShah) 1673447775000Shaw has represented India in five Tests, six one-day internationals and one Twenty20 but his last international outing was in July 2021 against Sri Lanka.The Under-19 World Cup-winning India captain made his Test debut against the West Indies in 2018 and scored a century, making him the youngest Indian Test centurion.He played his last Test against Australia in 2020 when he scored a duck and four in the first Test in Adelaide and played no further part in the series, which India won 2-1.Australia are set to visit India in February and March for four Tests and three ODIs, following New Zealand who take on India in three ODIs and three T20s beginning on January 18 in Hyderabad.India are yet to announce their squad for the tours.Shaw’s innings surpassed former Indian star batsman turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar’s three-decade-old record of 377 off 473 balls.But the highest ever individual score in Indian domestic cricket in 75 years remains Bhausaheb Nimbalkar’s unbeaten 443 runs back in December 1948.