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Prithvi Shaw Bio, Age, Records, Injury, Net Worth, Achievements

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On the 16 of November 2013, the God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th test match and retired from all forms of cricket. Three days later, a young 14-year-old boy scored 546 runs for Rizvi Springfield against St Francis D’Assisi Borivali in the Harris Shield trophy. It was the same Harris Shield Trophy where the Master Blaster had first announced himself with a record-breaking partnership with Vinod Kambli. Unsurprisingly, the next day, media outlets around the country reported this 14-year-old named Prithvi Shaw with the tag of ‘Sachin Tendulkar’s successor’.

But is the youngster living out to the legendary batsman’s tag? Let’s find out…

Prithvi Shaw Biography

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Prithvi Pankaj Shaw was born to Pankaj Gupta on the 9th of November 1999 in Gaya, Bihar. Shaw’s home was located in the Manpur block, known for power loom industry. Pankaj ran a small cloth shop by the name of Balaji Cut Piece in Shivcharan lane.

However, frustrated with business in Manpur, Pankaj searched and found a job in Mumbai. Soon he shifted his family into the City of Dreams under the family name of Shaw. At the age of 4, Prithvi’s mother passed away, after which his father played a vital role in his development.

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Prithvi showed keen interest in the game and soon started to pursue it. His father enrolled him into a cricket academy in Virar, a suburb of Mumbai. Soon he started playing for the Middle Income Group (MIG) Cricket Club in Bandra.

Shaw used to wake up at 4.30 am; with his kit and school bag he used to catch travel over 60 km via the 6:07 train to Bandra for practice. After a 90 minute journey and practice, Shaw used to head to his school- Rizvi Springfield, for whom he later broke many records.

Prithvi Shaw Career 

Through the ranks of Indian and English Cricket

Prithvi Shaw’s dedication, hard work and persistence paid off as former Mumbai bowler Nilesh Kulkarni spotted him. Kulkarni’s sports talent management agency signed Shaw up at an annual stipend of ₹3 lakhs. The same year, a corporator noticed Shaw and offered him a flat in Santa Cruz, considerably reducing Shaw’s travel time.

Playing for MIG against JW Cricket Academy in 2010, Shaw scored 73, impressing founder of the English academy and former County player Julian Wood. Seeing the enormous talent in the 11-year-old boy, Wood went up to his father and offered him to play in England.

“Five years ago, we were playing a match at the MIG. They put him to bat, and he scored 73 against us, and I said this is a very, very special boy. I met his father, and I told him I will sponsor him. You don’t see talent like that every day at such a young age. I told him he should come to England one day,” Wood said in an interview to the TOI in 2013.

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However, it was not until 2012, two years later, that Shaw got an opportunity to play in England. Playing for Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire near Manchester in 2012, Shaw raked up a staggering 1,446 runs during this 4-month stay. With his bowling, Shaw raked up 68 wickets.

In May 2013, he went on to play for the Gloustershire second team. In his 3-month stay there, Shaw started studying at the Bradfield College in Reading. To cope up academically, Shaw also attended private tuitions.

Shaw was playing for MIG and leading his school- Rizvi Springfield by the end of the year. It was at this point where he played the innings of 546. Shaw led Rizvi Springfield for two consecutive Harris Shield seasons- 2012 and 2013.

First Class Cricket 

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Prithvi Shaw was drafted into the Mumbai domestic side in 2016-17. He made his debut directly in the semi-finals against Tamil Nadu at Rajkot, scoring a century! Shaw scored 120 runs in 175 balls to power Mumbai into the finals. He scored 13 fours and 1 six.

In the finals at Indore, Shaw scored 71 in the first innings, before he was run out by Juneja. He followed it up by scoring 44 in the second innings. However, his debut was overshadowed by another opener- Parthiv Patel’s brilliant knock of 90 and 143 as Gujrat ran away with their first title.

The following season, Shaw continued good outings and showed that he is no one-season wonder. Shaw scored his first first-class century against Tamil Nadu on 24 October 2017.

He followed it up with a 105 against Odisha on 1 November 2017. Shaw scored another century in the match against Andhra at Ongole on 17 November.

He finished as Mumbai’s second-highest run-getter with 537 runs in 6 matches. In September 2017, Shaw played for India Red, and scored a century in the final against India Blue; and thus extending the comparisons between him and Sachin. Shaw followed Tendulkar in scoring centuries on his Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debut.

Prithvi Shaw Injury

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Despite his stellar rise to glory, Prithvi Shaw’s career has been marred with injuries of late. His injury problems began with an ankle injury while fielding in a tour match in Australia; ruling him out from the historic series. These were followed with reports of behavioural issues during his time with the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019.

Shaw was then ruled out from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a hip injury.  His hip injury returned post World Cup ruling him out of the tour to West Indies.

The BCCI then gave him another setback after handing him a backdated ban for a doping violation. The opener had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”

According to reports, his urine sample was collected on 22nd February 2019, during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match in Indore.

The sample contained Terbutaline-a specified substance banned both In and out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances. Shaw’s backdated ban ended in November, and he returned with a fine inning of 63 against Assam in the Syed Mushtaq Ali. In the following Ranji matches, he scored 30, 64, 30 and 53.

Prithvi opened the next season with a double century against Barodra. However, his excellent domestic performance came to halt by another injury. This time he suffered a Shoulder injury against Karnataka in January.

India A

However, Shaw returned strongly with a 150 for India A against New Zealand and found himself replacing Dhawan for the ODI series. He celebrated his ODI call-up by scoring 48 in the second unofficial ODI.

India U 19 Glory

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Prithvi Shaw made it to the Indian U 19 squad in 2018. He was selected to lead the Boys in Blue in the ICC U 19 Cricket World Cup 2018, New Zealand. Captaining a team with a massive talent of Shubhman Gill, Riyan Parag, AS Roy, KL Nagorkoti with the help of Rahul Dravid, Shaw led the Indian U19 side to glory.

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Shaw finished the tournament as India’s second-highest scorer with 261 runs in 5 innings at an average of 65.25 & a strike rate of 94.56. Opening the innings with Shubman Gill, Shaw scored 2 half-centuries, including his high score of 94 against Australia U 19.

The following year, he was slated to lead the Indian U19 team in the U 19 Asian Cup, but his suspension from doping ban prevented him for participating in the tournament.

Prithvi Shaw IPL Career

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Indian Premier League side Delhi Daredevils purchased a 17-year-old Shaw for a whopping ₹ 1.2 crores. Although, Shaw had shown promise until then, the fact that all his performances had come in the test format and not T20s raised a lot of eyebrows. However, DD were able to cash in the rewards as Shaw went on to live by his promise.

Prithvi Shaw made his IPL debut in the match 22 of IPL 11 at the age of 18 and 165 days. Opening the innings with Gautam Gambir, Shaw impressed by scoring 22 runs in 10 balls. Shaw became the IPL’s youngest ever opener, jumping past his teammate Rishabh Pant (18 years and 212 days).

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Prithvi Shaw was one of the standout stars in a dismissive Delhi team. He finished the IPL 11 with 245 runs in 9 matches, averaging at 27.22. He had an explosive strike rate of 153.12. Shaw was retained for the following season for ₹1.2 crores as DD revamped into the Delhi Capitals.

He became an integral part of a young team under the leadership of Shreyas Iyer. Shaw built on his performances the next season. Opening the innings with Dhawan, Shaw scored 598 runs in 25 matches with an average of 22.06 and strike rate of 133.71. He scored two half-centuries, including his IPL high score of 99 against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Test Career

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Prithvi Shaw travelled with the Indian team to England in 2018. However, selectors refrained from fielding a youngster in front of a highly experienced English bowling attack.  After the humiliation, India badly needed a reshuffle in their batting order.

The opening partnership between Dhawan and Sharma failed. India’s overdependence on Kohli also was a topic of intense debate. Moreover, India needed a new face, a unique talent in the opening order. As a result of their poor showing, Sharma and Dhawan were rested for the two-match test series against West Indies.

Instead, the selectors chose Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal. Shaw later opened the innings for India, scoring 134 runs off 154 balls. By doing so, Shaw became the sole player to have scored a century in his Ranji Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Test debuts.

Prithvi Shaw Stats

Format M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF BF SR 100s 50s
Test

2018

2 3 1 237 134 118.5 252 154 94.0 1 1
1st class

2017–

20 36 2 2099 202 61.7 2577 179 81.5 9 9
List A

2017–

28 28 0 1095 132 39.1 951 90 115.1 3 6
T20

2018–

38 38 0 972 99 25.6 652 55 149.1 0 8

Prithvi Shaw Records

  • Prithvi Shaw scored 546 runs in an innings in a Harris Shield match- the highest score by an Indian batsman in minor cricket.
  • He also scored a century on his Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debut
  • The first player to score centuries on his Ranji, Duleep and test debuts.
  • Scored five centuries in his first nine first-class matches
  • He has 8 FC centuries, before turning 19. Only one behind Tendulkar.
  • Shaw skippered the Indian team to victory in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
  •  Shaw is the second youngest Indian and overall the 7th youngest to score a Test century.
  • Youngest Indian to score over 50 in an innings on his test debut.
  • 4th youngest to score a test ton his debut.
  • Shaw’s century against WI was in 99 balls- fastest by any player on his test debut.
  •  He is only the second Indian opener to have scored a Test ton.
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  • Shaw is the IPL’s youngest ever opener, jumping past his teammate Rishabh Pant (18 years and 212 days).

Unknown Facts

  • Prithvi Shaw featured in a cricket documentary called Beyond All Boundaries, directed by Sushrut Jain.
  • Shaw hails from Gaya in Bihar. His mother passed away when he was only 4. His father migrated their family to Mumbai after his business did not run well.
  • Prithvi’s surname was originally Gupta. His father changed the family name when they moved to Mumbai.
  • Shaw used to wake at 4.30, catch the 6.00 am train and travel over 60 km to train at the MIG cricket club.
  • Former Mumbai bowler Nilesh Kulkarni first spotted shaw.
  • Kulkarni’s sports talent management agency signed Shaw up at an annual stipend of ₹3 lakhs.
  • A corporator noticed Shaw and offered him a flat in Santa Cruz, considerably reducing Shaw’s travel time.
  • Former County player Julian Wood approached Shaw to play in England in 2010.
  • Shaw has played for various cricket teams like India, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai, MIG Cricket Academy, Rizvi Springfield among others.

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