In a big boost, opener Prithvi Shaw is set to make a return to the Mumbai squad in the Ranji Trophy 2024 season. Shaw was deemed fit to play again by the National Cricket Academy and was added to Mumbai’s Ranji team ahead of the match against Bengal in Kolkata, that begins on February 2.
Shaw was on the sidelines from competitive cricket after he suffered a knee injury in August 2023. This happened when the youngster was representing Northamptonshire in England’s domestic tournament, the One-Day Championship, against Durham. He went on to miss last year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy as well as the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Mumbai.
Shaw underwent rehabilitation with the medical staff at the NCA in Bengaluru. The 24-year-old will return to cricketing action after 6 months and will look to fine-tune his batting skills ahead of the IPL 2024. Shaw will represent Delhi Capitals in the 17th edition of the league and will look to make an impact after a quiet season with the bat last year. The Mumbai batter made his international debut for India in 2018 and represented his team in 5 Tests, 6 ODIs and 1 T20I.
Ranji Trophy’s most successful side, Mumbai, would look to retain the top spot in the group stage as they take on Bengal. Shaw, with attacking prowess at the top of the order, would look to contribute with the bat as Mumbai looks to book the quarter-final berth.
BOOST TO MUMBAI SQUAD
The Mumbai team lead Group B in the points table with 20 points, having won 3 out of the 4 games they played with 1 loss. Sarfaraz Khan, who received his maiden India call-up for the 2nd Test match against England at Vizag, would not be part of the team. However, Shaw’s inclusion will bolster Mumbai’s batting attack as they face Bengal at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
Mumbai’s updated squad for Ranji Trophy 2024 after Prithvi Shaw’s return
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Prithvi Shaw, Jay Bista, Bhupen Lalwani, Shivam Dube, Amogh Bhatkal, Suved Parkar, Prasad Pawar (wk), Hardik Tamore (wk), Suryansh Shedge, Tanush Kotian, Atharva Ankolekar, Aditya Dhumal, Mohit Avasthi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Royston Dias, Sylvester D’Souza.