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“Even if you take a small medicine, you must get it approved with your doctor” : Prithvi Shaw on his Doping Ban

Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw is one of the best young talents in the country. The right-hander broke several records on his Test debut. Prithvi Shaw became the youngest player to score a 50-plus score on debut for India. Prithvi Shaw was also the second youngest to score a Test century for India.

Prithvi Shaw opens up on comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar

The 20-year old has often drawn comparisons with batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar because of his technique. Former Australia batsman Mark Waugh even said that Prithvi Shaw’s technique is “just so much” like Sachin Tendulkar’s, during his debut against West Indies in 2018.

He was out of cricketing action from March 16 to November 15 last year and asked fellow youngsters to be careful about what they consume.

“You have to be careful about what you consume. Even a simple drug like paracetamol. This is for all the young cricketers out there who aren’t aware about these things,” Shaw said while speaking to Times of India.

Shaw regarding his dope ban

“Even if you take a small medicine, you must get it approved with your doctor or the BCCI doctors. It’s better to ask the doctors about the banned substances and take necessary precautions so that you don’t get into trouble,” he added.

Shaw was part of the India ODI and Test team in New Zealand which the visitors lost quite comprehensively.

Shaw, 20, said he has learnt the lesson and will never repeat the same mistake. “Like in my case, I had a cough syrup which I didn’t know was a banned substance. I have learnt a lesson from this and will not repeat it,” he said.

“Even if I am having a basic medicine, I run that through the BCCI doctors to ensure that there are no banned substances in it. Time away from cricket was a difficult period for me. It was a torture. It should not happen to anyone,” he added.

Prithvi Shaw was thankful to Sachin Tendulkar for his insights. He said that whenever Sachin Tendulkar is in Mumbai, he tries and meet him. He added if he is practicing and Sachin Tendulkar is free, he just comes to the nets and gives him advice.

He also said that whenever he feels any discomfort with his batting or need any advice, Sachin Tendulkar is someone who is always there for him. Shaw also revealed how Tendulkar told him to feel free about calling or messaging him anytime and added that he has helped him a lot during his journey.

Shaw was also thankful to other legends of the game such as Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, all of whom have coached or mentored him at some point of his career so far. Rahul Dravid was his coach when he played for the India A and India U-19 teams. On the other hand, Shaw got the opportunity to rub shoulders with Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly in the IPL 2019 while playing for the Delhi Capitals.


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