Delhi Capitals dashing opener Prithvi Shaw, who was banned for eight months in 2019 after failing a dope test, has opened up about the ‘Cough Syrup Gate’ and revealed how it broke him mentally and emotionally. Shaw also claimed that he feared people would call him a ‘drug consumer’.
Prithvi Shaw had a dream start to his career in the Test series against West Indies, where he scored a century on his debut. However, a ‘grave mistake’ thereafter led to a ban of eight months on the youngster. Shaw had tested positive for a banned drug, terbutaline, however, it was later revealed that the rookie had consumed the substance via a cough syrup.
Prithvi Shaw reveals the whole ‘Cough Syrup incident’
Speaking with Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, Shaw revealed that it was a grave mistake by his father and himself which caused the consummation of the banned drug. “Actually my dad and I are responsible for the cough syrup incident,” Shaw told Bhogle on Cricbuzz.
“We were in Indore playing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and I was unwell, down with cough and cold. I’d gone out for dinner that time and I remember telling my dad about the cough situation. He asked me to get a cough syrup and I procured it from a local medical store. I did without consulting the physio and it was a grave mistake.”“I took the cough syrup for two days and day three was my dope test. In that they detected a banned substance and I got to know of it only after the IPL,” he added.
‘I feared that people would see me as a consumer of drugs’
This mistake led to an eight month ban and the youngster ended up missing the entire 2019/20 home season. Moreover, people around the country started criticizing him. “That was a very difficult phase, I can’t express that in words. I remember looking around and thinking, ‘How would people perceive me?’. I feared that people would see me as a consumer of drugs and banned substances. It really hit me hard. I would sit alone at home and think about it,” he concluded.