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20 under 20: Prithvi Shaw, 14

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 - 10:16pm IST

Prithvi Shaw is just 14 but he can stop time with his batting. Such is his talent that once even Sachin Tendulkar stopped to watch the boy bat at the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Be it at club or state level, he has been a run-machine. His father, realising the boy's potential, enrolled him at an academy close to their home in Virar. Ask a Mumbaikar what commuting from Virar to town means. Prithvi would do it daily, starting his day as early as 4:30am. Practice would start at 7am before he would leave for his school Rizvi Springfield in Bandra. Now, he practises at Kalina in the morning and at the MIG in the evening.

Thanks to a local corporator who was touched by the boy's devotion to the game, Prithvi has been allotted a small flat in Santacruz. The hours that he would have otherwise spent in commuting can now be dedicated completely to his sadhana. Not just that, he gets scholarship from Indian Oil too.

Last year, Prithvi was sent to England for an exchange programme which helped his game enormously. The boy scored close to 1500 runs there — he averaged 85 with the bat — and took 65 wickets. Although he has four double centuries in junior cricket, his innings of 174 in the 2012 Harris Shield final is regarded as his finest knock.

When did you get started?

I started playing at the age of three. My father enrolled me at a nearby academy in Virar.

Where do you stand in your career?

I am right now playing for my school Rizvi Springfield and we won the Harris Shield title. I also played for Mumbai and my club MIG. I have had a decent run this season.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I would like to see myself in the Indian team. My aim is to play for Mumbai first.

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