India opener Prithvi Shaw recalled the 2019 cough syrup fiasco and described it as a “difficult” phase of his life. The young man from Mumbai coped with a hiccup in his career after inadvertently swallowing a banned substance common in cough syrups.
In a statement shared by BCCI, Shaw received an eight-month suspension for doping violations. The cricket was tested as part of the BCCI anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on February 22, 2019.
“Shaw’s sample was subsequently tested and found to contain terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specific substance, is banned both outside and outside competition in the list of substances banned by WADA,” the BCCI said in a statement.
The 21-year-old batsman, who had been removed from the national organization for more than a year, recalled buying cough syrup without consulting a physiotherapist just three days before his doping test.
“I think Dad and I are responsible for the cough syrup controversy. I remember playing the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Indore and I had a cold and coughing at the time. So I went out to dinner and I coughed. So I talked to my father. .
“He asked me to take the cough syrup that is on the market. What I did wrong was not consulting my physiology, which was wrong of me. I took this syrup for two days, but on the third day. I took a doping test. So then I was found positive for a banned substance, “Shaw told Cricbuzz.
“I can’t put it into words. But it was a very difficult moment. I read about myself everywhere. I was worried about people’s perception, I thought people thought I was taking illicit substances and drugs. I was there for 2 and a half months. I thought about it every day because I was going through a good phase, but then suddenly everything collapsed, “he added.
Although he returned nationally during the tour in New Zealand, Shaw had to wait to regain his form. After an impressive test tour in Australia and dropping out of the test organization against England, Shaw looked like his old man in the recently stopped IPL 2021
He scored 308 runs in eight games for Delhi Capitals, including the attack on KKR Pacer Shivam Mavi. The show also featured the brilliant Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year, where it became the first batsman to score 800 tracks in a single edition of the tournament.