Mumbai teenager Prithvi Shaw, on Monday, scored a record-breaking hundred in the Duleep Trophy final, hitting a steely 154 against India Blue. In what is shaping up to be an already impressive career, laced with a slew of records, the 17-year-old drew nationwide recognition after smashing a scarcely-believable 546 (330 balls) in 2013. Many a Indian youngster has buckled under the pressure after earning comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar but Shaw seems to be made of sterner stuff.
He has already been fast-tracked into captaincy at several age-groups levels in junior cricket. When Shaw shattered records four years ago – in the Harris Shield match at Azad Maidan – he was already Mumbai’s U-16 captain in a team that had sought-after names such as Sarfaraz Khan and Armaan Jaffer. Here is a just of some of the records he shattered:
- Shaw’s aforementioned 546, which came against St Francis D’Assisi, was India’s highest in junior cricket at the time. He had amassed a second wicket stand of 619 with teammate Satyalaksh Jain, missing out on overtaking the famous 664-run stand recorded by Mumbai’s two other famous sons, Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli.
- Shaw already has considerable experience playing in England, having made four trips already. Aged 12, he was invited by the Cheadle Hulme school in Manchester. Different conditions, but the results were the same as he stockpiled 1,446 runs during a two-month stint.
- Mumbai decided to hand Shaw his first cap in the semi-final of the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy. He showed little nerves as he tore into the Tamil Nadu attack during the second innings, taking his side into the final for the 46th time. He was awarded the Man-of-the-match too.
- Shaw was the first Mumbai batsman in two decades to score a hundred on Ranji debut.
- Shaw’s feats did not end there. In the Ranji final at Indore, where Mumbai played Gujarat, he became the youngest to score a fifty in the tournament’s history in the final at 17 years and 62 days.
- The right-hander also became the youngest to score a fifty in the Duleep Trophy final.
- The feat that once again elevated him to the big league: Shaw became the youngest centurion in the Duleep Trophy final and only the second youngest in the tournament’s history after Sachin Tendulkar to get to a three-figure score.
- At 14, Shaw was the youngest in the A division to bring up a hundred in Mumbai’s prestigious tournament, Kanga League.
- Great debuts and Shaw walk hand-in-hand as he brought up half-centuries in each innings on his first youth Test in July.
- Shaw is only the second Mumbai player after Amit Pagnis to lead the India U-19 side.
- Among Indian batsmen, Only Tendulkar and Shaw have two first-class hundreds before turning 18.