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Prithvi Shaw is unlikely to play in DC’s remaining league-stage games

As we near the finish of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, the stakes in the final games have risen. While some teams are already in the playoffs, others must work hard to get there. The Delhi Capitals, who have gone through ups and downs this season, fall into the latter type. Unfortunately for them, Prithvi Shaw isn’t expected to be available for the rest of the season.

Shane Watson, a former Australian all-rounder, and DC assistant coach indicated on Thursday (May 12) that Shaw is unlikely to be ready for Delhi’s next two league-stage games. For the uninitiated, the brisk opener missed DC’s last three games due to an underlying fever, and his absence has hurt the combination slightly.

“I don’t know his diagnosis exactly. But he has just had this underlying fever for the previous couple of weeks, which they’ve had to really get to the bottom of it to find out exactly what it was,” Watson said.

“It’s not looking great for him to be available for the last couple of games, which is a big shame because he is an incredibly skillful young batter, taking the best bowlers in the world down a lot of the time,” he added. Watson has made it pretty clear that Shaw is unlikely to feature in DC’s remaining league-stage games and if the side qualifies, he’s not wholly expected to be available for the playoff matches either.

“It’s a big loss for us to not have him. The last couple of weeks he has been under the weather. Hopefully, he gets back to full health soon, but unfortunately, it’s not going to be in time for the minimum of the last two games that we’ve got,” he added. Meanwhile, DC is currently in a spot of bother as they need to win their remaining two games alongside depending upon other match results to earn a place in the top four.