Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: India discard Prithvi Shaw has once again justified the popular adage--form is temporary, but class forever.

The aggressive opener from Mumbai, who was once compared with the great Virendra Sehwag for his unorthodox batting style, had suddenly gone into a sort of oblivion with his indifferent form in the last IPL and the recently concluded Australia tour.

However, the promising cricketer has once again found form with a dominant display in the domestic circuit.

Shaw’s knocks at the door of the Indian team has grown even louder with his stupendous 754 runs at an average of 188.5 in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament. His stellar show in the competition includes 105 not out, 227 not out, 185 not out and 165. The scintillating performance has made him a strong contender for a comeback during the three ODIs against England, in case Rohit Sharma avails the option of taking rest.

The focus will firmly be on Shaw and the national selectors will keep a ‘hawk eye’ on the Mumbai captain’s performance as his team takes on Uttar Pradesh in the summit clash at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Sunday.

It’s still not clear whether that will happen but the 21-year-old Shaw, has certainly learnt his on and off-field lessons well which has showed in his consistency during the National One Day Championships. He is a cut above others at the domestic level and it is difficult for the national selectors to keep him out of the mix.