IND vs SA 2022: "Has Prithvi Shaw retired from cricket?" - Fans slam BCCI for the opener's non-selection for ODI series

Prithvi Shaw absence from Team India has surprised many fans (Pics: Twitter)
Prithvi Shaw's absence from Team India has surprised many fans (Pics: Twitter)

Dynamic opening batter Prithvi Shaw has been ignored by the national selectors yet again, failing to find a place in the Indian squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for the forthcoming 50-over series on Sunday, October 2. Shikhar Dhawan is set to lead the side in the rubber.

The likes of Mukesh Kumar and Rajat Patidar earned their maiden India call-up, with several senior players resting ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022. However, Shaw seems to have fallen down the pecking order, as he wasn't named in the 16-member group.

Shaw has been in stunning form with the bat in domestic and List A cricket in recent times. The right-handed batter mustered 315 runs from two games in the Duleep Trophy 2022 at a fantastic average of 105.00.

The talented youngster was a part of the India A team that played in the recently concluded 50-over matches against New Zealand A. He featured in two games, scoring 94 runs, with 77 of those coming in one fixture.

Several fans were surprised by Shaw's exclusion from the squad for the South Africa ODIs and slammed the selectors.

Here are some of the reactions:

@vikrantgupta73 Rituraj gaikwad has not done well in domestic season this year but he is in team and prithvi shaw performed exceptionally well is not in the team..#shameonbcci poor selection..destructive thinking
Prithvi Shaw scored a ton on his Test debut, played decent knock in NZ where all others failed, had a mind boggling VHT season in 2020-21, had awesome 2022 IPL season and again performed in domestic circuit. BUT still didn't get select in the 2nd string squad. ๐Ÿ™‚#INDvSA
Why is Prithvi shaw not getting enough chance?
#PrithviShaw bcci is wasting talent like Shaw.
Guys let's go to BCCI office to protest against non- inclusion of Prithvi Shaw
@rawatrahul9 Where is @PrithviShaw what more does he need to do to get into team India.
BCCI should release Prithvi Shaw to play global T20 leagues as they aren't planning him for anything. #ODISquad #INDvSA
It would be really great if @BCCI or someone who leaks their matters provide clarification over why Prithvi Shaw keeps getting neglected from Indian team. #INDvSA #Shaw
@CricCrazyJohns Why no Prithvi Shaw is a huge mystery...
I don't even know what else Prithvi Shaw needs to do to be a part of these squadsIt's sad to see such a talent being wasted coz of the stupidity of management and selectors #PrithviShawโ€ฆ
And as I've noticed on my TL, there is no Prithvi Shaw in the one-day squad. I have no words. To call it baffling is an understatement #INDvSA
@cricbuzz @BCCI Has Prithvi Shaw retired from Cricket?

The three-match ODI series between India and South Africa will be played across three venues - Lucknow, Ranchi, and Delhi from October 6.

Here's India's squad for the rubber:

Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shreyas Iyer (VC), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubhman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Mohd. Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

Prithvi Shaw last played for India in July last year

Shaw last represented India in July 2021 against Sri Lanka. The 22-year-old was dismissed for a golden duck in the T20I fixture and has since failed to make a comeback.

He scored a crucial run-a-ball 49 in his last ODI appearance. Several pundits have cited the batter's poor fitness as the reason for his absence from the national team.

It is worth mentioning that Shaw failed the yo-yo test ahead of this year's Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). However, he did manage to have a decent season for the Delhi Capitals (DC), amassing 283 runs from 10 games.

Shaw announced himself on the international stage in style, hitting a scintillating ton on his Test debut against West Indies in 2018. However, he lost his form after a few good knocks. With age on his side, he still has an opportunity to turn things around and make a thumping return in the future.

Do you think Prithvi Shaw deserved to be in India's squad for the ODI series against South Africa? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box down below.

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Edited by Akshay Saraswat