Just like many others, Trent Boult also could not believe when he saw Prithvi Shaw‘s batting. The teenage sensation, who recently became the youngest player to score a century on Duleep Trophy debut, has taken domestic cricket by a storm.
The 17-year old first came into the limelight with an aggregate of 546 off 330 balls at a Harris Shield school match in Mumbai, recording the third highest score in any form of cricket. Shaw also scored a century on his Ranji Trophy debut, announcing himself on the big stage in style. His exploits have taken one and all by surprise and Boult is the latest to witness the youngster’s talent.
Shaw scored 66 off 80 with the help of 9 fours and a six as the Board President’s XI posted 295 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs despite Boult taking 5 for 38. In reply, New Zealand kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out 265 in the 48th over.
“I heard he was 17, I couldn’t quite believe it. He played very nicely. The ball swung around nicely at the start, and it didn’t seem to trouble him. He has a promising career ahead of him, if all things go well. But very impressed from the first look,” said Boult.
Boult further credited Shaw and KL Rahul (68) to negate the early swing that the New Zealand pacers were getting.
“They negated it (swing) very nicely, played a few shots. A lot of the credit goes to their openers for getting the platform for the rest. They put a very challenging total of the board,” said Boult.
The left-arm seamer admitted that playing in India is a challenge and insisted the bowlers cannot make errors in this part of the world.
“It’s always a good challenge coming to this part of the world. The Australians have come here and dealt with what they have (lost ODIs 4-1 and drew T20s 1-1). It’s a big challenge for us to step up and hopefully upset a side that’s in very, very good form,” he said.
“You need to be accurate, the room for error is very small here. The batsmen are very talented, they like to hit boundaries, and they’re able to hit boundaries of your best balls. So, the accuracy has to be there, the fitness has to be there to keep delivering,” added the New Zealand pace spearhead.