Who is Prithvi Shaw?
Full name: Prithvi Shaw
Born: Nov 09, 1999, Thane, Maharashtra
Current age: 21 years
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm off-break
Major teams: India Under-19s, Mumbai, Delhi Capitals
The untold story of Prithvi Shaw:
I have been researching Indian youngsters playing in the Indian Premier League. Every player has an interesting story and all of them have had a difficult & exciting journey. Be it Ravi Bishnoi, Yashasvi Jaiswal or Priyam Garg.
Next in the series is Prithvi Shaw. I knew that he has achieved a lot already, but as I went about my groundwork, one thing hit me really hard.
The boy has achieved so much already and is a common name in the cricketing world. It is hard to believe that he is only 21 years old!
I explored various websites and realized that there are so many inspirational stories about him. The documentary, "Beyond all boundaries”, narrates the journey of the small boy beautifully. It is astonishing to see the dedication, hard work, focus & fearlessness that he has maintained right from the time he started playing.
The innocent smile in the documentary stuck with me, but I also felt a tinge of sadness to see the kind of pressure he had to endure during his childhood, instead of leading a carefree life with friends.
He is blessed with some unbelievable talent, hence, has performed exceptionally well from a young age. The flip side to that is everyone expects him to play well, every time he walks out.
Prithvi has been compared with Sachin Tendulkar from the time he burst into the scenes. That probably is the highest level of pressure any cricketer in India could face, let alone a child.
The demands & way of life at the International level can be brutal. He has been struggling with shot selection & form in recent times.
Indian cricket needs to handle Prithvi with great care. He could inspire an entire generation, just like his idol.
“When a little boy is taking a 4 am train from Virar to Bandra, trying to get into those insanely crowded compartments where at times people protest if they see huge kit-bags, it prepares you for a tough life,” said Prashant Shetty, Prithvi’s coach at the MIG Cricket Academy (Bandra).
'To see him for the first time was to realise that this was a boy destined for greatness. Here was a 12-year-old playing against 18-year-olds and you just couldn't help admire his skill. Age, quite simply, was irrelevant.' Lucy Pearson, head of Cheadle Hulme School, Greater Manchester.
When you read or hear such comments about someone, you instantly know that these could only be about a special talent.
That is exactly what Prithvi Shaw is ...special..a prodigy!
Tendulkar is his idol and one thing he wants to pick from him is not his batting style to technique, but the way he carries himself in a humble manner.
(Prithvi with his idol. Image courtesy: www. Indiatoday.in)
Prithvi started playing underarm cricket at home with a plastic ball when he was a baby. He progressed into playing tennis ball cricket in his building & broke many windows in the process.
The next step obviously was to pick the season ball.
It is astounding to think that he started playing with the season ball from the tender age of 3 in the grounds at Virar.
Prithvi's father, Pankaj Shaw, hails from Manpur in Gaya district of Bihar but moved to Virar (northern suburban city of Mumbai) before Prithvi was born. At Virar, he had his own garment business for which he had to travel to Surat & Baroda in Gujarat.