India opener Prithvi Shaw will be forced to miss a major part of the 2023-34 domestic season due to a knee injury which he suffered while playing for Northamptonshire in the One-Day Cup in England recently.
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, subsequent scans revealed the injury was a lot worse than initially expected. “After initially consulting a surgeon in London, Shaw returned to the NCA in Bengaluru for another assessment. At the moment, the medical team is examining all possible options regarding Shaw’s treatment and surgery is likely to be the last resort,” it added.
Before the knee injury cut short his stay with Northamptonshire, Shaw averaged 143 in his 4 appearances, amassing 429 runs with a strike rate of 152. The record-breaking 244 off 153 deliveries against Somerset also came with Northamptonshire which is now the sixth highest individual score in List A history.
As per the report, a Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) official said that they would adopt a wait-and-watch approach for Shaw’s availability and will be in touch with the NCA in Bengaluru over the possibility of him being ready for featuring in the Ranji Trophy in January next year.
“For now, though, it seems certain that he won’t play in the limited-overs competitions beginning with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on October 16,” it added.
Shaw had last featured for Team India squad during the three-match T20I series against New Zealand in February earlier this year.
Shaw failed with the bat for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2023 as he was able to amass just 106 runs from eight games and was later dropped form India squad for the Ireland T20Is as well for the upcoming Asian Games.
Before flying to England, Shaw was part of West Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy at Bengaluru in July this year.