Prithvi Shaw carried off the field with ankle injury in India’s Test warm-up match

first_imgIndia was dealt with a major injury scare on Friday as opener Prithvi Shaw injured his left ankle while fielding during warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI.Shaw was in pain and immediately grabbed his lower left leg after attempting to take a catch on the boundary. The 19-year-old Shaw was carried off the ground by two India officials.He was expected to open the batting for India in the first Test next Thursday against Australia at Adelaide. He top-scored with 66 in India’s innings on Thursday.”The medical team is assessing Prithvi Shaw at the moment,” the BCCI tweeted. “He hurt his left ankle while attempting to take a catch at the boundary ropes. Shaw is being taken to the hospital for scans.” Photographers managed to capture the exact moment Shaw twisted his ankle and left the field later (AP Photo)He returned to the Indian dressing room later in the day in crutches with his ankle heavily strapped.If Shaw is unable to take the field in the first Test then India will have to open its batting with the experienced but out-of-form pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul.Vijay has been out of the squad since the second Test against England in London in August while Rahul is woefully out of form and is averaging just over 24 this year in the longest format. He even failed in this warm-up match after getting out for 3.Update: The medical team is assessing Prithvi Shaw at the moment. He hurt his left ankle while attempting to take a catch at the boundary ropes. Shaw is being taken to the hospital for scans #TeamIndia (@BCCI) November 30, 2018Shaw meanwhile, recently scored a century on Test debut last month and scored 237 runs overall in the two Test matches that he played against the West Indies.Five players scored half-centuries for India as the tourists finally got their scheduled four-day match under way Thursday after rain washed out play on the first day.India made 358 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while a Cricket Australia XI was 24 without loss in reply late Thursday.Prithvi Shaw top-scored for India with 66 while captain Virat Kohli added 64.The 19-year-old Shaw scored a century on test debut last month and is expected to open the batting at Adelaide Oval next week in the first test against Australia. The right-hander stroked 11 boundaries.CA XI captain Sam Whiteman won the toss and decided to bowl.The match was only originally scheduled for three days before Cricket Australia (CA) agreed to add Wednesday’s earlier start at India’s request.The first of the four-test series begins Dec. 6 in Adelaide. The teams play the final test beginning Jan. 3 at the SCG, with others at Perth and Melbourne in between.Also Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli slammed after wearing shorts for toss at Test warm-upAlso Read | Khawaja will pip Kohli and Australia will beat India in Tests: Ricky Pontinglast_img

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