Prithvi Shaw practices with Sachin Tendulkar ahead of Australia tour

"Because of Prithvi, Tendulkar came about an hour early to MIG."

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo by Qamar Sibatin/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Back in October, teenage sensation, Prithvi Shaw forayed into international cricket with a sparkling century against visiting team Windies in the opening Test match in Rajkot. The pugnacious potential didn’t allow nerves to ruffle him by any means and stormed to the milestone with sheer authority. He followed it up with another impressive half-century in Hyderabad.

The Thane-born batsman previously got a national call-up for the last two Tests during India’s tour of England earlier this year. But he didn’t find a place in the playing eleven owing to the presence of more prominent names in the lineup. Nevertheless, the performances against the Caribbean team also ensured that he gets picked for the four-match Test series against Australia.

Tendulkar was sharing a few tips with Shaw

The pitches in Australia are expected to possess more carry and bounce than the Indian tracks and hence, Shaw is likely to encounter a sterner test. In a bid to get himself prepared, Shaw recently practiced with Indian great Sachin Tendulkar, who gave him throwdowns, at the MIG Cricket Club in Mumbai, the very place where Sachin runs the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy.

“Tendulkar, Prashant Shetty and Jagdish Chavan all gave throw-downs to him at MIG for about an hour. Tendulkar and Chavan gave throw-downs to him with a wet rubber ball on a tarpaulin (used to protect the wicket against rain), in order to prepare him for the Australian tour. Because of Prithvi, Tendulkar came about an hour early to MIG,” a source was quoted as saying in The Times of India (TOI).

“Tendulkar was sharing a few tips with Shaw about batting in Australia too. Shaw has begun his routine by batting against the rubber ball on Monday and practised on Wednesday (Diwali) too,” the source added.

Shaw made his first-class debut against Tamil Nadu in 2017 and scored a century in his maiden appearance. He also notched a ton in his first Duleep Trophy match. Ever since he has kept scaling greater heights. He went to lead India U19 to victory in the World Cup in New Zealand and also plied his trade for Delhi Daredevils in the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL).

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