'Not thinking about India selection, just want to enjoy here' - Prithvi Shaw after record-breaking double century in One-Day Cup
Prithvi Shaw set the Royal London One-Day Cup ablaze with a surreal 244-run knock in 153 balls against Somerset.
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Prithvi Shaw shattered records with his historic knock of 244 in 153 balls against Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Wednesday, August 9. The talented Indian cricketer enthralled the spectators en route to registering the highest-ever score in List A cricket by a Northamptonshire player, smashing With the help of 28 fours and 11 sixes. Powered by Prithvi's exceptional knock, the Steelbacks posted 415/8 in their 50 overs and defeated Somerset by 87 runs.
The 23-year-old, who last played for India in July 2021, mentioned that he is not thinking too much about his return to the Indian side and instead is focused on enjoying his stint in England and learning from the experience.
"Definitely experience for sure. Not really thinking what the Indian selectors may be thinking, but I just want to have a good time here, have a good time with the players over here and the support staff. Northamptonshire have given me this opportunity... they're really looking after me. I'm really enjoying it," the Mumbai batter was quoted as saying by India Today.
"The sun was out, it was kind of like Indian weather today so it was really looking good. You know when an inside edge doesn't get me out, that means this day is for me. You have to be lucky sometimes, so I think this was a day for me. I didn't look back after that," he added.
With the momentous innings, Prithvi went atop the leaderboard for the most number of runs in the ongoing season. He currently has 304 runs in three games at an average of 101.33 and a strike rate of 148.29.
I'm the kind of a player who puts my team first: Prithvi Shaw
The diminutive batter had scored 227 off 152 balls in the Vijay Hazare Trophy back in February 2021 against Puducherry. This was Prithvi's highest score until he went past the figure against Somerset. The Under-19 World Cup-winning captain admitted that he had his previous highest List A score of 227 in his mind when he was batting. Prithvi credited an all-round performance from the team and gave an insight into the selfless qualities he possesses.
"The 227 was in my head to be honest. I spoke to Whitey [Whiteman] when he was there and I told him it's 227, my highest score. But it was a good team effort all around. I always try and win matches for the team and I'm the kind of a player who puts my team first and then myself. If scoring like this can help my team to win, then I should continue this," Prithvi concluded.