I dream of playing for India one day, says Prithvi Shaw


first_imgPrithivi Shaw is only 17 but his batting belies his age. The Mumbai batsman has already slammed four hundreds from five first-class matches and is currently an unstoppable force in the Indian domestic circuit.So far, among Indian batsmen, only one player scored more first-class hundreds before the age of 18 – maestro Sachin Tendulkar who had seven three figure scores.Shaw had announced his arrival in Ranji Trophy by scoring a century on debut against Tamil Nadu in the semifinal in the 2016-17 season.India Today caught up with Shaw to get to know him more:  ON PLAYING RANJI TROPHY INSTEAD OF U-19 CRICKET”I feel when you come from U-19’s to this level you meet more experienced players. So what Rahul (David) Sir decided for me not to play U-19, it must be for my good because he felt I will gain more from playing here.”ON THAT HUNDRED vs TAMIL NADU FEATURING R ASHWIN”I enjoyed the contest against an experienced bowler like Ashwin. There was no special plan. I just wanted to keep it simple and play my natural game. It obviously gives you confidence when you score against a top bowler like Ashwin, who tops the charts. I gained a lot of experience batting against him. He is someone who when handed out any wicket, be it flat, knows what to do.”ON DRAWING PRAISE FROM TRENT BOULT PRAISE”It felt very good to hear Boult praising me. It felt very good to score against his speed. It was very challenging against him. He came up to me and told me ‘keep going’ which felt good.”advertisementWORLD RECORD MEMORIES AT SCHOOL”I will never forget that record. The knock of 546 was my break through innings. After that, I have been managing these good performances year and after year.”INDIA DREAMS”Yes I dream of playing for India one day. But I will go step-by-step. Right now, the focus is on Ranji Trophy.  After that, I will look at the under-19 World Cup.”last_img

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