As Prithvi Shaw blazed yet another half-century for Mumbai against Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after his return to cricket from a BCCI ban for inadvertently ingesting prohibited substances, fans were left wondering whose autograph was on the youngster's bat. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted a close-up photo of Shaw's bat which had the message "Dear Prithvi, enjoy the game, good luck", along with a signature. While many on Twitter felt that the autograph belonged to India captain Virat Kohli, others argued that it was that of former India and Mumbai batsman Vinod Kambli.
"Whose autograph is this on @PrithviShaw's bat?" the image was captioned.
"King Kohli," wrote one user.
"Wow!! Kohli encouraging young players.Such a Inspiration for these young lads," another user wrote.
"Yaaa @imVkohli's autograph," tweeted another user.
King kohli— Hemanth kumar gudla (@GudlaHemanth) November 27, 2019
Wow!! Kohli encouraging young players.Such a Inspiration for these young lads..— Mohit Sharma (@mohitsharma13__) November 27, 2019
King— Tinnama Padukunnama Anthe (@_FakeTweet) November 27, 2019
Yaaa @imVkohli 's autograph.— S. k. bikash (@SKBikash29) November 27, 2019
Others were convinced it belonged to Kambli.
"Vinod Kambli," a user tweeted along with two thumbs-ups.
"I thought it was Vinod Kambli," wrote another.
Some even thought that the autograph was that of India opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Prithvi Shaw had promised an improved version of himself on his 20th birthday, and he has backed up his words with a fine run of form in the domestic T20 competition. He marked his return to cricket with an impressive half-century and followed it up with two more fifties in the five matches that he has played so far.
In Mumbai's last match against Punjab, Shaw scored a 27-ball 53 as his team was knocked out on net run rate despite winning the match. Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav also played explosive knocks as Mumbai made 243. However, they needed to restrict Punjab to 150 or less to qualify for the semi-finals and Shubman Gill dashed their hopes with a quickfire 78.