“How long can you stop him”- Prithvi Shaw slams maiden triple ton, records 2nd highest Ranji Trophy score; will he get a chance to play Test against Australia?

After the triple ton, will he get a chance to represent the national Test side in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in February?


“How long can you stop him”- Prithvi Shaw slams maiden triple ton, records 2nd highest Ranji Trophy score; will he get a chance to play Test against Australia?

Prithvi Shaw

In a Ranji Trophy match, Mumbai’s batter Prithvi Shaw slammed his maiden triple hundred on Wednesday (January 11) against Assam in Guwahati. He continued from his overnight score of an unbeaten 240. He wasted no time on the second day and raced to his maiden triple ton and his personal best; previously, his best score was 202. This was also Shaw’s first hundred this year. He posted his highest 68 in the previous matches in the 2022-2023 season and had just 160 runs in seven matches.

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After the triple ton, will he get a chance to represent the national Test side in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in February? Despite being one of the most consistent performers in the domestic circuit, Shaw has been sidelined from the India squad for various other reasons. He played his last match for India in a T20I match in July 2021 against Sri Lanka, which was also his international debut in the shortest format.

But Shaw did not pay heed to those who constantly criticized him. Yesterday, after his 240*, he talked with The Indian Express and said: “When runs were not happening, people just used to keep talking. I used to ignore them. There is no importance of people who left me during my tough days.”

Whatever detractors say, it hardly makes a difference. I knew what I was doing right, and what I was doing wrong. I was focused on my process and how I handle myself. I am mature enough to know that I needn’t address these people,” Shaw added.

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Fans on Twitter heaped praise on Prithvi Shaw and they want the selectors to keep him in the mix for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Check their reactions here:

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Prithvi Shaw achieves these feats

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi Shaw has now become the eighth batter from Mumbai to score a triple century. He has also become the first player to score a triple hundred in Ranji Trophy, a double ton in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and a century in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Only time will tell if the youngster will get an opportunity to represent the national side. Even former India opener Gautam Gambhir had backed Shaw. “If he’s willing to put in the hard yards- and I know how destructive he can be; if he can go on to win games for you, whether it’s trainers, management, head coach or chairman of selectors, all these guys should take the onus to try and get these young boys to walk on the right path,” Gambhir said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

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Notably, Shaw has surpassed the likes of Sunil Gavaskar (340), VVS Lakshman (353), and Cheteshwar Pujara (352) in the list of highest individual scores in the history of Ranji Trophy. He has now become the second-highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy history- the list is topped by B.B. Nimbalkar (1948-49). At the time of writing this article, Shaw has scored 379 before he was dismissed for LBW by Riyan Parag. At the crease, Ajinkya Rahane is batting at 131* and Mumbai has so far reached 598/3.

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