Prithvi Shaw, 19, injured himself while attempting a catch at the deep midwicket boundary  © AFP
Prithvi Shaw, 19, injured himself while attempting a catch at the deep midwicket boundary © AFP

India’s lead spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said Prithvi Shaw, who has been ruled out of the 1st Test India vs Australia Test at Adelaide starting December 6 after twisting his ankle, has not spoken much after the injury and it has hit him pretty bad.

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“It (ankle) is sore and clearly swollen up a little bit,” Ashwin told reporters about Shaw at the end of day two of the tour game against Cricket Australia XI at Sydney. “It is quite sad that it happened right at the first time he came out to field. He has not spoken much and it has hit him pretty bad.

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“For young boy, coming to play in Australia and with a dream start to his Test career and all that, it must be quite hard,” said Ashwin.

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Shaw, 19, injured himself while attempting a catch at the deep midwicket boundary and was carried off the field by team physiotherapist Patrick Farhart and a member of the support staff.

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Shaw returned from hospital with a strapped left ankle and with the assistance of crutches, which sent an ominous message to onlookers. A couple hours later, it was revealed that Shaw had sustained a ligament injury.

The Mumbai opener had hit 11 fours during his 69-ball 66 on day one at the SCG, but this injury has come as a massive setback for India. However, Ashwin reckoned that as unfortunate as it is for Shaw, it provides an opportunity for someone else to step up.

“Look, I shouldn’t be saying this, but It is unfortunate what has happened and these things happen in the game. and It is an opportunity for some else. I do believe things happen for a reason, and if it has happened for the right reason, i am happy for it,” he added.

In the absence Shaw, who was a sure shot in India’s playing XI come Adelaide Test, Murali Vijay, who was dropped  during the tour of England, seems set to open the innings with KL Rahul in the first Test, unless the team management opts to play Parthiv Patel as an opener as they did two years ago when he was recalled.