The 19-year-old, who made his Test debut in the home series against West Indies, said that he was looking forward to play in the challenging conditions in Australia twisted his ankle while taking a catch.
The 19-year-old, who made his Test debut in the home series against West Indies, said that he was looking forward to play in the challenging conditions in Australia twisted his ankle while taking a catch.

Young batting sensation Prithvi Shaw, who missed Australia’s Test series owing to an ankle injury sustained during the practice game ahead of the series, is expecting to regain full fitness be fit ahead of the Indian Premier League 2019, starting March 23.

“I will be fit before the Indian Premier League and I am trying hard to reach full fitness. I am working on my ankle as well as on my upper body,” Shaw told India TV.

The 19-year-old, who made his Test debut in the home series against West Indies, said that he was looking forward to play in the challenging conditions in Australia twisted his ankle while taking a catch.

“It was an unfortunate incident and you can’t really do anything about that. It was my wish to play in the challenging conditions in Australia. I love the bounce there. But unfortunately, I suffered a leg injury.

“We were playing the practice match in Sydney ahead of the first Test,” said Shaw. “I was standing at deep mid-wicket and Ash bhai (R Ashwin) was bowling and a catch came towards me. I caught the ball while jumping backwards in the air and my body weight fell on my left foot when I landed. It was a bit uneven there and my ankle got twisted 90 degrees and the entire body weight fell on that. That’s how it happened.”

Shaw revealed that he tried hard to get fit for the 2nd Test, but the swelling in his ankle only increased. Shaw was subsequently sent home after India lost the 2nd Test at Perth, with Karnataka opener named as his replacement.

“I was trying hard to play in the second Test and the physios too were trying to get me fit for the match. However, the more they tried, the swelling increased and it got more painful. So, I thought even if I play, I will not be able to give my 100 per cent because it was not easy to play with that pain,” said Shaw.

However, Shaw is happy that India win the series and said that the teammates supported his well.

“I am very happy that India won the Test series. It can’t get better than this,” he said. “I got full support of the team at that time because I was very disappointed with the injury. I had practised hard for the tour and had many things in my mind that I thought I would do there. So, it was disheartening. But yeah, now I am happy that we won the series.”