India legend Sachin Tendulkar revealed that he predicted that young batsmen from Mumbai, Prithvi Shaw will represent India, ten years ago.

The selectors have roped in young Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari for the last two Test of the five-match Test series against England. Meanwhile, they will replace out of form Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav, who has struggled to make a mark.

Earlier this year, Shaw led the India U19 team to the ICC World Cup in New Zealand. He was spectacular with the bat and since then has scored runs consistently. However, post his selection, Sachin Tendulkar while talking with fans on his app 100MB, revealed that he predicted this ten years ago.

Ten years ago, one of my friends asked me to take a look at a young Prithvi. He asked me to analyse his game and see if there anything he could work on. I had a session with him and gave couple of pointers on how to improve his game. I told my friend later that he is going to go on and play for India,” Sachin Tendulkar said.

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Sachin Tendulkar asked Prithvi Shaw not to change his grip

Tendulkar noted that he asked young Shaw not to change his grip or stance. So much so, he also urged other coaches not to do the same.

I asked him not to change his grip or stance, irrespective of any future instructions from his coaches. If anyone asks him to do so, tell them to come to talk to me. Coaching is good, but overcooking a player with tweaks is not,” Tendulkar added.

Prithvi Shaw has been grabbing headlines since making his debut in the first-class cricket for Mumbai in 2016-17. Since then, he has played 14 first-class games scoring at an average of 56.72 including seven hundred.

Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, England vs India 2018
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He had a magnificent series for India ‘A’ in England, scoring over 600 runs in 10 innings. Prithvi Shaw’s highest score of 188 also came in the game against the West Indies ‘A’ at Beckenham in this series. In the recent two-unofficial Test series against South Africa ‘A’, too, Shaw hit a century in Bengaluru.

He will be keen to make an immediate mark if he gets an opportunity in England in the last two Tests.