India vs Windies: Prithvi Shaw leaves Courtney Walsh mesmerized with his batting

India vs Windies: Prithvi Shaw leaves Courtney Walsh mesmerized with his batting

Shaw reminds Walsh of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar

Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh, Bangladesh bowling coach. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Just as the clock ticked towards the start of play of day-1 in the 1st Test against the Windies, there was some unprecedented buzz about 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw who was making his debut. Shaw walked into the middle alongside KL Rahul with tons of domestic records and laurels backing him up. Not often does one get to debut for India right in his teen years, particularly in this day and age.

There were several expectations from this kid, who caught everyone’s attention right from his school days. Prithvi Shaw proved that all the hype about him was worth it by scoring a century on his debut. The child prodigy commanded the Windies bowlers and got to his maiden ton in just 99 balls. His temperament and skill left everyone shell-shocked and former Windies cricketer Courtney Walsh was absolutely mesmerised by this talent.

Prithvi Shaw gathers the praise from the Windies legend

It never seemed as if he was playing his first game. He didn’t show any nerves and looked as if he was a seasoned cricketer. Impressed with the knock, Walsh compared Shaw with two of the greatest cricketers India have ever come across. The lethal fast bowler with over 500 Test wickets reckoned that the youngster reminded him of both Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

“He showed that he is a good potential. He is not afraid of playing his natural game, which is good to see for you want to see more of that. He was in an awkward situation, but once he got off the mark he felt comfortable and he felt like he belonged in Test cricket and he showed that composure,” Walsh told ESPNCricinfo. The pacer was also quick to note that Shaw plays the cut shot really well.

“He played some wonderful shots, although he did miss a few. But at the end of the day, it was satisfying, he got his first Test ton on debut, not many players have done that and he will be very happy about that. He did play a tremendous inning, that knock was surely something special. And it reminded me of a few other Indians that I have seen – Sunil and Sachin – when they were young. And he plays the cut shot pretty well,” he concluded.

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