Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide after injuring his left ankle in the tour game against Cricket Australia XI at SCG, Cricbuzz reports.
The scans revealed a lateral ligament injury and Shaw will undergo an “intensive rehabilitation program” to become available at the earliest.
Shaw, fielding on the deep mid-wicket fence on the third day of the game, caught CA XI opener Max Bryant just inside the rope.
The 19-year-old twisted his left ankle while landing and appeared to be in a lot of pain as India physio Patrick Farhart rushed to attend to him. Unable to put any pressure on his ankle, Shaw was carried off the field and taken for scans in the nearest hospital.
Shaw hit a fluent 66 in the ongoing practice match and was certain to open the batting for India. Even batting coach Sanjay Bangar had all but confirmed the teenager’s participation in the Adelaide Test, indicating that the management would toss up between the misfiring KL Rahul and veteran Murali Vijay to be his partner.
Shaw’s injury means that Vijay and Rahul will be India’s openers in the first Test against Australia. Vijay, who had an indifferent series against England and was dropped for the last two Tests on the tour, has a good Test record in Australia.
He scored 482 runs [1 hundred, 4 fifties] on India’s last tour, being one of the kingpins of their impressive showing with the bat.
India, perhaps waiting on Shaw’s injury, haven’t named a squad replacement yet. If they do, Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal and the recently-dropped Shikhar Dhawan are in line.