Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has revealed how he had correctly predicted a bright future for Prithvi Shaw almost a decade ago.
Seen by many as the next big thing in Indian cricket, Shaw has not looked back since making his first-class debut. The 18-year old made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the semi-finals of the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy on 1 January 2017. He had gone on to score a century in the second innings to showcase his immense potential.
He also scored a century in his debut match of the Duleep Trophy. Shaw equaled the record held by Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored for the first time a century each in his debut matches of Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy respectively. He then led India to Under-19 World Cup title and impressed in the Indian Premier League.
Shaw then went on to impress for India A. In a first-class game against West Indies ‘A’ in England, he scored 188 in addition to notching up two centuries and a half century in the List A games on the ‘A’ tour to England. He also scored another first-class century against South Africa in Bengaluru.
Those performances helped him earn his maiden Test call up for the last two Tests in England. However, he could not play in either of the games. But the youngster did not have to wait long as he made his debut in the ongoing first Test against West Indies. And it took him only a few overs to justify the hype surrounding him as he scored a scintillating century. The opening batsman reached his century off just 99 balls and scored 134 before being dismissed.
The latest knock has further strengthened the speculations that he is going to be a star in the coming days. But while the majority has realised this fact recently, Sachin Tendulkar knew about it when he met him around 10 years ago.
“We had spoken almost 10 years ago. Jagdish Chavan a friend of mine from MIG once asked me to take a look at Prithvi. He said ‘there’s this young kid who wants to meet you and it would be nice if you could have a look at him’. Prithvi wanted to discuss his game and he was very young at that time. So I had a look at him and at first glance, I told him (Chavan), this boy will end up playing for India. I remember telling him ‘you’re looking at a future India cricketer’. He said ‘are you sure?’ I said ‘mark my words, this guy will end up playing for India’. So, that was my very first impression of Prithvi,” he told The Times of India.
“In fact, Jagdish called me today afternoon and said ‘I just couldn’t text you on such a special occasion. I had to call’. That’s because there were a few things I had shared with him and they’ve all come true,” he added.