Prithvi Shaw set a world record at the age of 14, after 4 days of Sachin’s retirement.
Among young cricketers of India, Prithvi Shaw is the latest bang on International Cricket. The 18 years old batsman was lined up for a debut in International Test in the fourth match against England at Southampton. He is the captain of India’s Under-19 team. It is was his leadership that lead India to win the Under 19 World Cup in the latest tournament. So far, he has played 19 List A matches to aggregate a total of 651 runs. His average in the format is 651. The young player debuted IPL in 2018 season, playing for Delhi Daredevils. Owning to his brilliance in batting, many experts has claimed him to be the next bright player of team India. Interestingly, just after 4 days of Sachin’s retirement in November 2013, Shaw smashed 546 runs as a 14 years old batsman, setting a new record for the world and a new hope for India.
Shaw started playing professional cricket at the age of 11 for Rizvi Springfield High School, his alma matter.
Shaw was born in November of 1999 in Virar of Maharashtra. His schooling was in Rizvi Springfield High School of Mumbai, where is started playing as a star cricketer. At Virar, his introduction to cricket was at the early age of three, when his father, Pankaj Shaw, got him enrolled in the local cricket academy. His father was a garment businessman. However, only to make Prithvi a cricketer, he abandoned his business. In 2010, as a 11 years old cricket aspirant, Shaw received a contract from AAP Entertainment to pursue cricket education. It was the beginning of his early life as a cricketer.
Behind the making of young Prithvi Shaw, there is a lot of sacrifice from his father. Prithvi lost his mother at a tender age of 4 and there was nothing for the family apart from cricket. His father accompanied him across various places where he played as a child. In a press meet, Pankaj Shaw said that his son is the greatest gift from God to him and his wife. He said, after Prithvi’s mother passed away, it was only Cricket, which was left in their lives. After moving to Mumbai, Pankaj abandoned his business and the father-son duo were living on meagre savings. In 2009, they were offered a home in Vakola near the Bandra Ground of Mumbai by a local MLA.
Pankaj Shaw, Prithvi’s father, had a substantial contribution to the latter’s making as a successful cricketer.
In 2012 and 2013, Shaw was the captain of Rizvi Springfield. He represented as the captain in Harris Shield titles, which is considered as the most prestigious youth cricket trophy in India. In April of 2012, he was invited to England to play for Cheadle Hulme School of Manchester. In the two-months long season, he scored 1,446 runs, striking a century in his debut. He played with an average of 84 and apart from the impressive batting, he also took 68 wickets. In the following year, he played for Cryptics Vs. Stoney Cricket Club in Oxfordshire.
In November 2013, Prithvi scored 546 runs off 330 balls, in the Harris Shield elite division match. It was a world record at the time, until broken in 2016, as the highest score by any batsman in any organized form of cricket since 1901. Presently, the figure stands as the fourth highest score by any batsman in any organized game. Shaw played for six hours and seven minutes smashing 85 fours and five sixes. There were significant media attention particularly because it was four days after Tendulkar’s retirement. Also, in the same tournament back in 1988, Tendulkar smashed 326 runs. On the record, Howard Swains named Shaw as the “Master’s Apprentice” posing Sachin as the “Little Master” who bid his final farewell.
Similar to Sachin, Shaw scored a century each in both Ranji and Duleep Trophy debuts.
Prithvi Shaw debuted List A for Mumbai in 2016-17 season of Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the same year, he also debuted first-class cricket in semi-finals of 2016-17 Ranji Trophy. He set the bar knocking a century in his debut match, for which, he was awarded Player of the Match. The young batsman repeated the same in Duleep Trophy scoring a century in his debut match. Among several other reasons of the player being compared often with Sachin Tendulkar, these two are the major ones. Sachin Tendulkar too debuted Ranji and Duleep, hitting centuries. In 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Prithvi was named as the captain of the team, leading India to win the trophy.
In 2018 season of IPL, Delhi Daredevils got Shaw on board with a whopping bid of 1.2 Crores. On his debut match against Kings XI Punjab, he became the youngest player to open batting in IPL history at the age of 18 Years and 165 days. His maiden half century in the tournament was against Kolkata Knight Riders. He was the match winner knocking 62 runs in the strike.
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