One of the recent batting prodigies to emerge from the Mumbai cricket circle is Prithvi Shaw, currently captaining the Indian U19 cricket team in the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand. The 18-year-old was appointed as India U19 captain by coach Rahul Dravid ahead of the World Cup, and the move has paid rich dividends with Shaw successfully leading India team to the U19 World Cup final against Australia, meanwhile getting signed by Delhi Daredevils in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction.
If cricket is a religion in India, then Mumbai is arguably the city that produces ‘potential gods’ of the game. Mumbai cricket is the nursery that has churned out numerous Indian batting legends over the years, right from Sunil Gavaskar to the great Sachin Tendulkar. It is no surprise that Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, two of India’s premier batsmen at present also hail from Mumbai.
Here, we list down 10 facts that you probably didn’t know about India U19 captain and Delhi Daredevils’ (DD) IPL 2018 buy Prithvi Shaw:
1. Prithvi Shaw scored a century on his Ranji Trophy debut
The U19 India captain made his first-class debut for Mumbai in January, 2017 against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy semi-final and scored a century on his debut, leading Mumbai into the final.
2. The second-youngest after Sachin Tendulkar to score a century in Duleep Trophy
Later in 2017, on his Duleep Trophy debut for India Red, the U19 star, at 17 years and 320 days, became the second youngest to score a century in the tournament after Sachin Tendulkar.
Youngest to score a Duleep Trophy Hundred
17yrs 262days – Sachin Tendulkar
17yrs 269days – Sachin Tendulkar
17yrs 320days – Prithvi Shaw pic.twitter.com/ikEjpf2NJv
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3. Prithvi Shaw’s father gave up his business to support his son’s cricket
Prithvi Shaw’s father Pankaj, a cloth merchant in Mumbai, enrolled his son in the local Virar Cricket Academy when he was just three years old. Seeing his son’s talent, his father quit his business to concentrate on his Prithvi’s career.
4. Prithvi Shaw was born on the next day of Sachin Tendulkar’s 1999 cricket record
The U19 captain was born on 9th November 1999 in Thane, precisely a day after his role model Sachin Tendulkar scored a masterly 186 against New Zealand, a score that would be the highest score by an Indian in ODIs for the next decade.
5. He captained his school team to win two consecutive Harris Shield titles
Prithvi was earmarked as a young prodigy when he captained his school Rizvi Springfield to two consecutive Harris Shield titles in 2012 and 2013, scoring 155 and 174 in the semis and final respectively of the 2012 edition.
6. Prithvi Shaw scored 546 runs in an elite division cricket match
Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket in November 2013. Days later, a young Prithvi first came into the limelight when he cracked a sensational 546 runs in a Harris Shield elite division match. His innings contained 85 fours and five sixes. This was also the highest score in any form of cricket since 1901, until Pranav Dhanawade surpassed the score when he made 1009 not out in 2016.
7. Became the brand ambassador of cricket equipment manufacturer at the age of 14 years
Following his record breaking innings of 546 runs, Shaw, at the age of just 14 years, bagged a lucrative INR 36 lakh worth endorsement deal with cricket equipment manufacturer SG – who have been endorsed by stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag in the past.
8. Tallied 1446 runs and 68 wickets in England
In his extremely young career, Prithvi has also represented some lower-level English domestic sides. In 2012, he scored 1446 runs and took 68 wickets with his off-break bowling for Cheadle Hulme School in Manchester.
9. Prithvi Shaw likes watching comedy shows in spare time
Prithvi enjoys binge-watching comedy show Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah in his free time, when he is away from cricket.
10. Represented Board President’s XI against New Zealand, earning praises from Trent Boult
In October 2017, Prithvi represented the Board President’s XI when they faced the visiting New Zealand team and earned praise from pace stalwart Trent Boult, who was impressed by the way the 17-year-old handled pace and swing without any signs of discomfort.