Cricket fans are saddened that Sachin Tendulkar has quit the game, but here is a new star in the making.
Prithvi Shaw, 14, set a record in Mumbai
school cricket November 20 by scoring 546
for Rizvi Springfield against St Francis
D’Assisi in the first round of the Mumbai
School Sports Association’s Harris Shield
The Harris Shield first brought Sachin
Tendulkar into national prominence —
after his world record partnership of 664
with Vinod Kambli.
Prithvi seems to be following in the
Master Blaster’s footsteps.
“I didn’t know my score when I was batting at 490,” the teenager said. “I had told
my teammates not to tell me my score
because I was doing well and wanted to
continue batting the way I was. I only knew
about the feat when everybody shouted and
cheered. That is when I knew I had crossed
Prithvi, who hammered 207 runs in the
morning session on Day 2, added that he
played his natural game.
“I didn’t have any plans. My coaches told
me to concentrate on batting for long in the
middle, so I was playing the singles and
twos and waiting for loose deliveries. They
(St Francis) bowled some loose deliveries
and I was able to score boundaries. They
also dropped a few catches, but it was not
easy to take them because they had to dive
for them,’ Prithvi said.
He is also one of the youngest to hit a 100
in Mumbai’s Kanga Cricket League tournament, scoring 109 for Parel Sporting last
“I was happy to score a hundred in the
Kanga League A division. It was not easy to
play in that division, but I managed by
being patient,” Prithvi said. “Before that
match my dad and coaches told me to be
patient and spend time at the wicket and
just wait for the loose balls,”
Cricket has been Prithvi’s focus since he
decided to take up the sport at a young age.
He has worked his daily routine in such a
way that he does not miss even a single day
of cricket practice.
“I get up at seven in the morning to go to
school and come back by 3.30 in the after-
noon. Then I have a coaching camp, after
which I go for my tuition class at 8 pm.
Then I come home, eat and sleep. This routine continues every day,” he said.
His father, Pankaj Shaw had to give up a
garment business to make sure he could
spare time to nurture his child’s dream.
Since his mother passed away when he was
just four, Pankaj had to perform the dual
role of a father and mother so that Prithvi
got all the love and care at home.
“When he was around four I felt that he
had something in him to take up cricket.
Even my friends who saw him bat told me
that his technique looked good and he
could be a good batsman,” Pankaj said.
“Despite not having played cricket before, I
felt my son was good even at a young age
and decided to enroll him for coaching.”
Pankaj revealed that initially it was diffi-
cult, as the father-son duo had to travel
nearly 43 miles daily on crowded local
trains from their home in the Mumbai sub-
urb of Virar to Shivaji Park in central
Help poured in from all quarters once
Prithvi started making a name for himself
in junior cricket.
“It was not easy in the beginning. Prithvi
would wake up at 4.30 in the morning, and
by the time we returned home after his
school, training and tuitions, it would be
around nine at night, and he only got time
to sleep,” Pankaj said.
The Rizvi Education Society provided the
father-son accommodation initially, before
a municipal officer gave them a permanent
residence in Santacruz, northwest
Mumbai, so that their travel time was
Prithvi is another bright star in Rizvi’s
golden run in Mumbai’s Inter-school cricket.
“Cricket is a culture at Rizvi and we have
won the Harris Shield for the last five years.
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Wasim
Jaffer have all represented Rizvi and gone
on to play for India. Nearly half of the current Mumbai Ranji Trophy squad is from
Rizvi,” Javed Rizvi, trustee, Rizvi
Prithvi’s coach Raju Pathak said it was a
big achievement to cross the 500-run
“He batting was excellent. It is a very big
thing to score 500 in any level of cricket,”
Prithvi was named captain of the
Mumbai team for the Vijay Merchant
Trophy, the Board of Control for Cricket in
India’s under-16 tournament.
“There will be pressure because now I
have been selected for Mumbai’s Under-16
team. It is a big responsibility. I will have to
continue this form and win matches for
Tendulkar in the making?
Mumbai boy Prithvi Shaw, 14, creates history
with 546 runs in inter school cricket tournament.
Harish Kotian reports
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Prithvi with his
father Pankaj Shaw.
Norway's Magnus Carlsen, right, and
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games to become the new world champion.
Prithvi in action.