Reports: Prithvi Shaw likely to replace KL Rahul for the final Test
Shaw was drafted into the side to replace Murali Vijay after the third Test.
Updated - Sep 4, 2018 11:36 am
India have already lost the ongoing series and the fifth Test might see both the sides making some changes to their line-up. While the reports of Ravi Ashwin not being fit are doing the rounds, it is also being said that Prithvi Shaw might make his international debut by replacing the struggling KL Rahul at the top of the order. The youngster was roped in after the third Test by the selectors in place of Murali Vijay and with Rahul also not getting runs, the visitors might hand a debut to Shaw.
According to the reports in Times Now, Rahul, who has only mustered 113 runs in eight innings in this series, looks the likeliest to be dropped. He hasn’t converted his starts and despite taking some breath-taking catches in the slip cordon, he might make way for Shaw in the line-up. Shaw has certainly impressed everyone and many believe that he is the next Sachin Tendulkar thanks to his class.
Prithvi Shaw, ever since winning the World Cup for India U19 team last year, has been in the limelight. He has kept batting the same way in domestic cricket and IPL as well. Moreover, he continued in the same vein during the recent UK tour with India A side and went on to score 250 runs in four innings in the unofficial Tests.
In the meantime, Rahul hasn’t been able to justify his place in the side. The openers from both the sides have struggled in this series. Even Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t done enough to warrant a place in the team. But Rahul has to sit out it seems given that he got back-to-back opportunities in this series. All eyes will be on the 18-year-old Shaw now as they will be eager to see how he fares if given a chance.
The fifth Test will commence on Friday and the visitors will be looking to salvage pride by winning the game by making it 3-2 in the series.