15-year-old Prithvi Shaw of Mumbai’s Rizvi Springfield School created history when he smashed 546 runs in a Harris Shield match today.
The previous record was 498, set by Wasim Jaffer‘s nephew, Arman Jaffer in 2010.
In the match against St. Francis D’Assisi, Shaw started the day on 257 on Wednesday, and went on to become the first batsman to hit 500 in an innings in the inter-school tournament.
Prithvi has been creating great buzz in the Mumbai maidans since some time now, and is rated one of the most talented upcoming batsmen. It’s said that even Sachin Tendulkar once stopped by at the Bandra-Kurla complex to watch this young prodigy bat.
Till Tuesday, Shaw had smashed 27 fours and 3 sixes in his 166-ball innings of 257. He made 546 in 330 balls, hitting 85 fours and 5 sixes!
Earlier this year, with the help of Julian Wood, an ex-county cricketer and the founder of JW cricket academy who was impressed by his talent, Prithvi played for the Gloucestershire’s second team in England, just below the first-class level.
Last year, in an exchange program, Prithvi went to Manchester and scored 1500 runs at an average of 85, and also took 65 wickets. However, the kid is not content, and wants to play at more competitive levels to truly test himself.
“Instead of scoring hundreds in school cricket, I would prefer scoring quality half-centuries against better attacks,” he had said earlier this year.
At the end of the day’s play yesterday, his coach Raju Pathak said that he had given Shaw total freedom to bat at the crease. “We have two days and I have told Prithvi to go on without pressurising him for a 400. He is a talented batsman and plays without any pressure,” he was quoted as saying by DNA.
Sure enough, Shaw took full advantage of this freedom by scoring a mammoth 546 today. Hopefully, the same freedom is provided by the Indian cricket fans too, who are expected to start doing the inevitable soon – call him the “next Sachin Tendulkar”.
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