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Australia vs India: Prithvi Shaw set to miss the Perth Test

Prithvi Shaw's injury has opened a door for the Indian opening duo of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Indian openers failed to shine in the first Test match of the series. While KL Rahul played a decent knock in the second innings, Murali Vijay failed in both. The lack of good opening partnerships has been one of India’s biggest problems in overseas Tests. Coming into the series there were huge expectations from Prithvi Shaw, but an injury in the practice game forced him to miss the first Test.

Now, the news coming from Australia is that Prithvi Shaw is set to miss the second Test too. Shaw is recovering from the ankle injury but he is yet to be 100% fit. The Indian management is reluctant to play a half-fit player so he might miss the Perth Test. Earlier Indian head coach Ravi Shastri had expressed his sorrow on Shaw’s injury. He had mentioned that Shaw is recovering quickly and he is able to walk. Shastri had claimed that due to his age, Shaw might recover quicker than others.

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“It was heartbreaking to see him go down. But the good thing is he’s recovering quickly. He’s already started walking. Hopefully, if we can get him to run a bit by the weekend, that’s really good signs. With youth on his side, there might just be a case where he might recover quicker. We’ll make a call as and when we get closer to Perth.” Indian head coach was quoted by Hindustan Times.

Pain for Prithvi Shaw might be a gain for other openers

Prithvi Shaw’s injury has opened a door for the Indian opening duo of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay. This might be the last chance for Murali Vijay who was sent back home from England tour. The Tamil Nadu opener didn’t feature in the home Test series vs the Windies.

On the other hand, KL Rahul has got a lot of chances to prove himself this year. The Karnataka opener has failed to cement his position as he is getting out playing some poor shots. In the second innings at the Adelaide Oval, he was looking good before he threw away his wicket. If he wants to be a permanent part of Indian Test set up he needs to convert those starts into big scores.

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