After making a dream debut in international cricket – young Prithvi Shaw could be fast-tracked into India’s limited-overs side for the upcoming five-match ODI series against West Indies. Shaw lived up to all the hype around his selection in Tests by producing sensational performances with his blade in the recently-concluded two-Test series against the men from Caribbean islands. Also Read - West Indies Cricket Board Approves 'Bio-secure' Test Tour of England in July
Now, it is expected that the Indian team management and selectors want to try out the youngster in the ODI format as well keeping his rich vein of form in mind. As per a report in Indian Express, the team management is very keen to test Shaw as an opener as they want to look at different options leading to the showpiece event – 2019 Cricket World Cup next year. Also Read - 'A Standout Performer', VVS Laxman Hails Rohit Sharma
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“With an eye to the World Cup, the main focus was how to rotate players. In fact, more than rotation, it would be more about how to save our key players. That’s why you would see the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Shami in and out of the squad, not playing regularly. The players who are important for all formats will be adequately taken care of. Going ahead also, these things will keep happening.” a BCCI source was as quoted by Indian Express.
However, vice-captain Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will remain India’s first-choice openers as far as the white ball cricket is concerned. But the selectors and management are very keen to look to try Shaw and other players to keep the senior players fresh for the bigger events.
The discussions were held in the review meeting last week and was attended by the selectors, captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane.
The 18-year old Shaw scored 237 runs in the two Test matches versus Windies at an astonishing average of 118.50. It also includes a debut Test century in Rajkot and a fiery fifty in Hyderabad. He has also joined an elite list of players by bagging the man of the series award in his debut Test series.
In 22 List A games (the domestic 50-over matches), Shaw has scored 938 runs at an average of 42.33 and at a strike rate of 115.37. He has already hit five fifties and three hundreds. In the 50-over leg of the India A tour of England in July, Shaw was the second highest, after Mayank Agarwal, scoring 353 runs at 58.33 at a strike rate of 122.56.