England vs India: Prithvi Shaw surprised to receive his maiden call-up for the last two Tests

England vs India: Prithvi Shaw surprised to receive his maiden call-up for the last two Tests

He followed all the three Test matches in England so far and is excited to perform if given an opportunity at any point in the rest of the series.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw of India A. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Following an astounding and clinical performance by Team India in the third Test against England at Trent Bridge, where they decimated the hosts by a hefty margin of 203 runs, the national selectors also announced the squad for the last two Test matches of the series. There were two major changes in the team selection as opener Murali Vijay and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav were dropped for the rest of the series. Two young India A players, opener Prithvi Shaw and middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari were added to the Test side.

It was a pleasant surprise for the 18-year-old opener Shaw to be included in the team in place of Vijay who has failed miserably so far in the first two Tests. The Mumbai lad has been in sensational form recently while playing for India A, as in 14 first-class games he has notched up 1418 runs at an impressive average of 56.72, which includes five half-centuries and seven hundreds. He was also amongst the runs in the recent India A tour to England where he scored a hundred and a fifty.

I was not expecting to get selected so early

After winning the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year and then scoring big runs in the domestic circuit, the Mumbai batsman has made a staggering name for himself in a short span. After being included in the Indian Test team for the final two Tests against England, Shaw is surprised to have received a national call-up so early in his career.

He followed all the three Test matches in England so far and is excited to perform if given an opportunity at any point in the rest of the series.

“I was not expecting a Test call-up so early. I have followed India’s first three Test matches against England and if given a chance in the playing XI, I will try my best to contribute,” said Shaw as quoted by Mid-day.

The fourth Test match of the series will be beginning from 30th August in Southampton. While the final game will be played from September 7 at the Kennington Oval in London.

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