Prithvi Shaw is arguably one of the most remarkable Indian players. He was a teen prodigy impressing at the tender age of fourteen, garnering 546 off 330, which included 85 fours and five sixes. He appeared on behalf of Rizvi Springfield in the Harris Shield elite division match. His score, set in 2013, was then the highest score in school cricket. Since then, his star has continued to shine both in domestic leagues and the international stage leading up to his current position of opening batter.
|Full Name||Prithvi Pankaj Shaw|
|Born In||Thane, Maharashtra|
|Bat Style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm off-break|
|Birth Date||9 November 1999|
|Net Worth||Rs 20-30 Crore|
|Teams||Delhi Capitals, India, India A, India Red, India Under-19, India Under-23, India’s Board President XI, Rest of India, Mumbai Under-14s, Mumbai Under-16s, Mumbai Under-19s, Mumbai|
Prithvi Shaw was primarily raised by his father, Pankaj Shaw, after losing his mum at three years old. He has credited his unyielding devotion to cricket as an attempt to fill the void left by his mother. However, his father stepped up and encouraged his son in the sport. He even rode his motorbike 70km daily between Virar and Mumbai just to take Prithvi to practice. He acted as the practice bowler training with his son at the Air India grounds in Kalina.
Shaw started his career playing for the Middle Income Group (MIG) cricket Club in Mumbai while also captaining the Rizvi Springfield High School and the Mumbai Under-16 team. He led Rizvi Springfield to two back-to-back Harris Shield titles in 2012 and 2013, where he scored 155 runs in the semi-final of the 2012 edition and 174 in the final.
Prithvi made his List A debut for Mumbai in the Vijay-Hazare Trophy. He scored his second consecutive century in the 2017-2018 Ranji Trophy and his fourth in five first-class matches since his debut, batting for Mumbai. Prithvi scored his first List A century against Leicestershire on 19 June 2018 and scored 132 runs. In February 2021, Prithvi scored an unbeaten double-century (227* off 152) against Pondicherry in the Vijay Hazare Trophy; his score of 227* is currently the best individual score within the tournament’s history. After scoring 227* vs. Pondicherry in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Prithvi Shaw now has the highest List A score by a captain in Men’s cricket.
Prithvi made his Test debut against West Indies in 2018, scoring a century in his maiden Test, becoming the youngest batter (18 years and 319 days) to make a century in his debut. He impressed so much that he was named player of the series after India won the second Test by ten wickets. He was also featured in a Test match against Australia, but he had a dismal performance scoring 0 out of 4, leading to his being dropped in the next match.
Prithvi was named in India’s ODI squad against New Zealand, and he made his debut on 5 February 2020. In June 2021, he was named in the Indian contingent facing Sri Lanka. He managed 43 runs off 24 balls in the first ODI match of the three-match series.
Prithvi made his T20I debut on 25 July 2021 for India against Sri Lanka, but he went out for a golden duck, becoming the first opener in the shortest cricket format’s history.
Prithvi was bought by the Delhi Daredevils (now renamed Delhi Capitals) in 2018 for1.2 Crore. He got on the history books when he became the youngest player to open the batting in the IPL at 18 years and 165 days. In the match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab (Punjab Kings), he managed a respectable 22 runs in 10 balls.
He snatched his first fifty against Kolkata Knight Riders to become the joint youngest player with Sanju Samson at 18 years and 169 days. He scored 62 runs which were crucial in Delhi’s win against Kolkata Knight Riders.
On 29 April 2021, Shaw became the second player to hit six boundaries in an over in the IPL, after Ajinkya Rahane, when he hit six boundaries off Shivam Mavi in the first over of the Delhi innings.
Shaw has sealed an endorsement deal worth Rs 36 lakh with Sanspareils Greenlands (SG), which has been associated with cricket greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, and Virender Sehwag in the past.
He was also a central figure in the 2013 Indian Hindi Language documentary film Beyond All Boundaries.
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