Meet Speaker - Prithvi Shaw
18-year-old batting sensation , Prithvi Shaw is the Captain of the World Cup Winning India national under-19 cricket team.
Shaw grabbed eyeballs as early as November 2013. Aged fourteen and then some, he smashed 546 in a Mumbai-based Harris Shield elite division match, a world record score in school cricket that stood until 2016. This performance drew early comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar which further gained momentum when Shaw hit centuries on debut in both Ranji Trophy (2016-17) and Duleep Trophy (2017) -- a feat only previously achieved by Tendulkar himself.
Having lost his mother at a young age, Shaw's responsibility fell entirely on his father, Pankaj Shaw, who gave up his business and moved to Mumbai from Virar in 2006 in a bid to get Shaw closer to the MIG ground in Bandra.
There was a time when Prithvi Shaw did the over-an-hour long local train journey from Bandra to Bhayandar on his father Pankaj’s shoulders.
It was the only way he could avoid getting crushed in the peak hour frenzy of a Churchgate-Virar fast train in Mumbai. Only when the crowd thinned in the compartment did Pankaj put his son down, followed by a quick check on Prithvi’s cricket kit, making sure it was still intact.
The hardship off the field has made him strong mentally and that has assisted him in countering tough situations in cricket. Shaw has a god-gifted prowess of timing the cricket ball. He is magical through covers but often his strong suite has resulted into his downfall too. He has been bowled through the gate on a number of occasions as he has opened himself to drive through the off-side even when the ball is aimed at the stumps.
His stellar stroke-play, formidable footwork and immaculate consistency made him play A division cricket at at a tender age of 8-9.