Sachin Tendulkar predicted 10 years ago that Prithvi Shaw would play for India
Shaw and Tendulkar also share a unique record between them
Published - Oct 4, 2018 12:26 pm | Updated - Oct 4, 2018 12:26 pm
India’s U19 World Cup winning skipper Prithvi Shaw after his meteoric rise made his Test debut for the senior national team. Becoming the 293rd Test player to make his foray in the red-ball format for India, Shaw hogged the limelight after leading the tricolour to World Cup success earlier this year.
Meanwhile, in a live interactive session during the promotional event of his app MB100, Tendulkar recalled an instance when he predicted regarding the bright future of this young sensation. He said that it was when one of his friends asked him regarding Shaw after he saw him for the first time that he felt the youngster fosters immense potential and is a promising prospect.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event after Shaw was first selected in the Indian squad for the final two Tests in England, the Master Blaster revealed, “Ten years ago, one of my friends asked me to take a look at a young Prithvi. He asked me to analyse his game and see if there anything he could work on. I had a session with him and gave a couple of pointers on how to improve his game. I told my friend later that he is going to go on and play for India.”
Interestingly, Shaw, who made his Test debut against Windies on Thursday becomes the second most inexperienced first-class player after Tendulkar to make his Test debut. 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw has played only 14 first-class games, scoring 1,418 runs at an average of 56.71, and opened alongside KL Rahul, who was the third opener in England and survived the axe after posting a breezy 149 in the final Test at the Oval
An IPL contract and a Test call-up
Soon after the World Cup success he got an IPL contract from Delhi Daredevils and managed to catch the attention of the audience on a bigger platform. Finally now, after a series of consistent performances in the domestic circuit, Shaw finally finds himself at the doorstep of his Test debut.