Prithvi Shaw had a dream start to his international career when he scored a century on his Test debut against the West Indies at Rajkot.
Despite such a promising start to his career, the youngster has fallen off the radar, playing only five Tests, six ODIs, and a solitary T20I, in the last couple of years.View this post on Instagram
The intense competition for the opening slot in the Indian cricket team hasn’t helped his cause either but that’s not the only reason why he finds himself waiting on the sidelines.
Apart from an obvious flaw that was exposed in his game during the 2020-21 India’s tour of Australia, his level of fitness has also contributed to him not getting a look in by the national selectors.View this post on Instagram
According to reports, the 22-year-old tanked in his Yo-Yo Test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) ahead of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. While this doesn’t rule him out of IPL 2022, it does bar him from selection into the Indian team.
Shaw, who last played for India in that infamous Adelaide Test in December 2020, shared a cryptic post on his Instagram story where he urged people to not judge him because they weren’t aware of his situation.
In the following lines, he shot a ‘Karma’ arrow, perhaps to instil fear.
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“Please don’t judge me, when you don’t know my situation, U are creating your own Karma,” read one of Shaw’s Instagram stories.
It can’t be said with absolute certainty what he meant by those words or who they were directed at but people were convinced that this was in response to all the news articles that had popped up ever since the news of him failing the Yo-Yo Test started doing rounds.
No doubt, Shaw is an exceptional talent but he must understand that the fitness culture in Indian cricket is not what it used to be at one point in time. It has gone through a massive change in the last decade or so.
The dream of making India the fittest team in the world was introduced by MS Dhoni and after his departure was carried forward by his successor Virat Kohli. Even though the baton has changed hands now, with Rohit Sharma taking control, the focus on fitness is expected to remain intact.
Gone are the days when the players were picked in the Indian team solely based on their skills, while other attributes were considered secondary. In this day and age, there is an equal emphasis, if not more, on a player’s fitness as his primary skill.View this post on Instagram
In recent times, we have seen players losing their spots despite initially being named in the squad after they failed to clear the mandatory fitness test.
One thing is for sure, the right-handed opener can keep on piling runs in the domestic competitions, including the IPL, but he won’t be picked unless he proves his fitness. If he wants to make a comeback to the Indian team, he better start focusing on his fitness, rather than being philosophical.