Shaw at a press conference after winning the U-19 World Cup Image: AFP
18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who recently played for the Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is ready for every challenge in top-flight cricket. Thanks to the big comparison to Sachin Tendulkar and guidance from former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
Shaw, who reminds Mark Waugh of Tendulkar’s technical proficiency, is determined to live up to the Australian batting great's words.
The Mumbai boy, who led India to the U-19 World Cup triumph in New Zealand, says, “Obviously it feels good. I can't compare myself to Tendulkar, because he has already played and done with his 25 years of international career and scored 100 hundreds. So, it's not easy. I've not even stepped into international cricket. So, it's obviously a big thing for me. I hope to make his words come true and keep scoring runs.”
Waugh had recently said, "His grip, his stance, he stays very still at the crease and plays all his shots around the wicket. He plays the ball quite late and is quite punchy in his stroke play and has an excellent base to play any shot from any bowler. He's just so much like Sachin Tendulkar."
Shaw, who was also praised by Ponting, says, “I really liked him. He was really ruling all of us, not in a literal sense, but in a good way. The advice that he gave us was to just enjoy your game. When I made my IPL debut, I was nervous because there were people around me, and the cameras focused on me. This wasn't my first time (playing in a match being telecast) but I was feeling the pressure. However, after hearing Ponting's positive words, I did well and enjoyed myself."
(With inputs from PTI)