Mumbai opener has not been in India contention recently, but has piled on the runs in the last two months for Mumbai, West Zone and India A
"Disappointed" at not being picked in India's ODI squad for the South Africa series that finished last week, Prithvi Shaw smashed his maiden T20 century - a 61-ball 134 - against Assam at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Friday.
Shaw, who is captaining the side in Rajkot with Ajinkya Rahane absent, hit 13 fours and nine sixes in his innings to help Mumbai post 230 for 3 after being put into bat.
"I was disappointed. I am scoring runs, doing a lot of hard work, but not getting a chance," Shaw had told earlier this month. "But it's alright. When they feel I am ready, they will play me. Whatever opportunities I get, whether it is for India 'A' or other teams, I will make sure I do my best and keep my fitness levels up to the mark."
Over the past year, Shaw has slipped down the pecking order as far as openers for the national team go. He last played for India on the tour of Sri Lanka in July 2021 and hasn't come close to being picked since.
Shaw also had a relatively lean IPL 2022 for Delhi Capitals, scoring just 283 runs in 10 innings, with two half-centuries. He also missed four games towards the end of the season due to typhoid.
Since the start of this season, he's been in good form. Having begun with a bruising 113 for West Zone in their Duleep Trophy opener against Northeast, he followed that up with scores of 60 and 142 against a competent Central Zone attack.
Part of India A's one-day squad that played New Zealand A in Chennai, Shaw smacked a 48-ball 77 to help clinch the series.
"I am working hard on my game, fitness and performing consistently as well. Everything is on track, [but] let's see. I am not thinking too much about the future. Whatever opportunities I am getting, I am trying my best."