Shaw’s talent was recognised by batting legend Sachin Tendulkar at a very early age. Tendulkar had predicted that he will be a “future India player” when Shaw was just eight
The Indian squad for the fourth and fifth Tests against England has been announced and the talking point is about the uncapped duo of Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari.
Shaw and Vihari replaced Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav. The fourth Test starts in Southampton on August 30. The hosts lead the series 2-1.
The 18-year-old Shaw was earmarked as a special talent from Mumbai. He lived up to expectations but scoring heavily. He also led India to Under-19 World Cup glory earlier this year in New Zealand.
So far, he has scored 1,418 runs in 14 first-class games with an average of 56.72 and seven centuries. For this youngster, the national call-up is a dream come true.
Shaw’s talent was recognised by batting legend Sachin Tendulkar at a very early age. Tendulkar had predicted that he will be a “future India player” when Shaw was just eight.
On Shaw’s selection, Tendulkar took to his app 100MB and in a live interactive session with his fans, spoke about the talented right-handed batsman.
The Master Blaster said, "I asked him not to change his grip or stance, irrespective of any future instructions from his coaches. If anyone asks you to do so, tell them to come talk to me. Coaching is good, but overcooking a player with tweaks is not."
"It is so important not to change anything when you see such a special player. It is God's gift to have a complete package," Tendulkar added.
Tendulkar recalled the time when he witnessed an eight-year-old Shaw, who could barely reach the stumps, and had said that the boy would play for the country.
"Around 10 years ago, one of my friends asked me to take a look at the young Prithvi. He asked me to analyse his game and give him some advice. I had a session with him and gave couple of pointers on how to improve his game," Tendulkar recalled.
Tendulkar revealed to his fans that he had later told his friend, "Are you watching? That's a future India player."
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2018, 9:35 AM IST