Prithvi Shaw shines with quickfire 63 after comeback from doping ban

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Mumbai: With a scintillating half-century for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Indian opener, Prithwi Shaw returned to cricket on Sunday. Shaw is making a comeback to domestic cricket after serving out his doping suspension.

The 20-year-old right-handed batsman hit 63 off 39 balls to help Mumbai post a mammoth 206 for 5 in the ongoing match against Assam at the Wankhede stadium.  Shaw and Aditya Tare added 138 for the first wicket with the wicketkeeper top-scoring with 82 off 48 balls.

Shaw’s innings was laced with two sixes and 7 boundaries while Tare hit 12 fours and a maximum to get the innings going for the hosts. Siddhesh Lad’s 14-ball 32 then pushed Mumbai’s score past the 200-run mark.

He recovered in time to play in the 2019 IPL and scored 353 runs in 16 matches for the Delhi Capitals. But then came the news of Shaw failing a dope test in July and was subsequently handed a back-dated eight-month suspension.

Notably, the Mumbai cricketer made a smashing debut in international cricket last year, scoring 134 on debut in the first Test against the West Indies in Rajkot. He then followed it up with 70 and 33 not out in the next Test before being ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar series in Australia due to an ankle injury he sustained in the tour match against Australia XI just before the four Tests against Australia.

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