India news November 20, 2013

Mumbai teenager hits record 546

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Prithvi Pankaj Shaw, a 14-year-old from Mumbai, has entered the record books after smashing 546 runs - the highest score by an Indian batsman in minor cricket - during a Harris Shield match at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai. Shaw's innings lasted 367 minutes over two days and included a whopping 85 fours and five sixes which helped his team, Rizvi Springfield, take an 899-run first-innings lead in the A division match against St Francis D'Assisi.

Even though the boundary on one side of the ground - towards midwicket/point - was on the shorter side, a number of Shaw's shots targeted the longer boundaries as he preferred the cover drive and flick. During his 330-ball innings, Shaw, a right-hand batsman, shared a 619-run stand for the second wicket with Satyalaksh Jain, who scored 164.

The Baronet Club's ground on the eastern edge of the Azad Maidan was easy to spot today as the news of Shaw's feat spread quickly. The local print media, which covers the tournament regularly, had the company of mediapersons from national dailies and news channels.

Mobbed by television cameras after the end of Rizvi's innings, a calm Shaw said, "It is a good score for me and my team. Our coach just asked me to concentrate on every ball. The only plan was to score as many runs as we could. I wasn't thinking of a record, but it feels good."

Shaw is no stranger to Mumbai cricket circles. In the past, he has not only made news for being a heavy-scorer in the local tournaments but also for reportedly being praised by Sachin Tendulkar, whose then-world-record partnership of 664 with Vinod Kambli came in the same tournament. It wasn't a surprise then when a reporter drew parallels with Tendulkar. Shaw momentarily cocked his brow before answering with a straight face. "It's too far ahead. For now, I am happy playing at this level and scoring the runs," he said. "Tendulkar is my idol in cricket and one thing I try to pick up from him is how he carries himself in a humble manner."

Shaw's story, like several others', is one of hard work. Before the age of 10, Shaw was already making long trips from Virar, a suburb 65 kms north of Mumbai, to the fairly central Bandra - a journey that takes 1 hour 45 minutes - to practice with the right people after his talent was spotted. The only family Shaw has is his father, who runs a struggling garment business. Support came through timely intervention from a local MLA, who arranged for an apartment so that the two could stay in Santacruz east, ten minutes away from Bandra's MIG club. Now, Shaw's education is been taken care of by the school - Rizvi Springfields - while he also earns a scholarship, which helps run the house.

He is currently the captain of the Mumbai Under-16 team, which includes his seniors from Rizvi - Armaan Jaffer, Mumbai and India opener Wasim Jaffer's nephew, and Sarfaraz Khan, who has progressed to India Under-19s. During the course of his innings on Wednesday, Shaw went past the previous records set by these two batsmen - in 2009, Sarfaraz had scored 439, which was bettered to 498 by Armaan in 2010-11. Armaan also scored 473 in February 2013, in the Giles Shield.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TRAM on November 26, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Mumbai tracks are always flat. So no surprise Mumbai batsmen have lot of records to show. Let them come out and play in pace/spin pitches and produce such records.

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    CONTINUED FORM ABOVE: the sandy beaches of West Indies. Where bowlers and batters alike learnt their cricket. You would think that slow/indifferent pitches in India would induce a budding fast bowler to try harder. It would be a sorry cricketer who throws up his hand during a match putting forward the pitch argument as an excuse for lack of trying harder. If batters are graded by their form on bowler friendly pitches, why should bowlers not be graded by their abilities to negotiate a batter friendly pitch? At least its not sandy! It would be sad indeed to have to **prepare bowler friendly pitches** to pick up bowlers for a national side (probably end up producing excellent batters, though). The more likely reason for India not producing ANY bowler of great skills recently is that there's no bowler version of Tendulkar. Spin went out of fashion with the departure of Bedis and Chandrasekhars. (No commercial endorsements etc. for these spin geniuses). How many businesses back Ojha or Ash

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Everyone blames Indian pitches for not *encouraging* bowlers, fast or slow, in recent times. It is not like India has ever produced a battery of fast bowlers in the past. There have been one or two pre-1950-60 but from the 1960s to2013 there have only been Dev, Srinath and, maybe, Sharma who have regularly bowled at 140KPH and over. Srinath was probably the fastest and Sharma was clocked bowling 150KPH in some ODIs and IPL 20-20 matches. Really, are Indian pitches to blame? I recently saw a wonderful documentary about the rise of West Indian fast bowlers (and the making of Loyds' world beating team of the 70s - 80s). Called "Fire in Babylon" (On Netflix) it also describes the bouncer wars in Australia, which featured, probably the greatest gathering of fast bowlers in history (Lille, Thompson, Pascoe, Marshal, Holding, Croft, Garner) in some detail. The West Indian fast bowlers were virtually picked up from where they toiled and trained: The Sandy Beaches CONTINUED BELOW (maybe).

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    At which point I dare say that India does have a few ''Potentially""` good batsmen of which only Kohli has played overseas. Batters like Dhavan, Sharma, why, even Poojara have not been tested abroad. The only player with some quality overseas experience is their Captain, Dhoni. Given the record of Indian batters who have scored centuries on debut (seven out of the lot never did make any more centuries and were out of the side soon after) an optimistic ratio of 1:3 for any of the three batters (Dhavan, Sharma and Poojara) is, I suppose, as good a way of predicting India's future batting strength. Of these I would back Sharma simply because of his grit and determination as Indian Batters playing overseas, in spite of having great talent, have failed to do anything of note because of their lacking the qualities displayed by Sharma recently. So, I guess, India should still be looking for some real talent to enhance their bench strength.

  • A.Ak on November 22, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Well done Prithvi . Have fun with cricket and focus on studies as well. Good luck with your future.

  • Sagarneel on November 22, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Please leave him alone and let him enjoy his childhood and cricket.

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Which is the highest Individual score in any form of Cricket. Prithvi' effort is great as no other great Mumbai Batsman in the past or present could not score 500 runs and not even the great Sachin Tendulkar. So watch out for this teenager who will go miles if give right opportunity and right breaks at the right time.

  • jimbond on November 22, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Actually the Sarfraz Khan mentioned in the article was one of the better performers in the Under-19 world cup. Sarfraz is less than 16, which implies that the 439 that he scored 4 years ago was done when he was below 12. In addition to batting, his bowling was ailso pretty effective and it would be good if he leaves mumbai so that he gets a chance to play in Ranji next year- so that he can test and develop his skills against the more accomplished players.

  • on November 21, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    Results of flat wickets. BCCI must think about Indian bowling future.

  • Naresh28 on November 21, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    WELL done to this youngster. Batting talents at all age groups has been the key!!! @binu.emiliya - yah Kuldeep (chinaman bowler) is good spinner to watch for.

  • TRAM on November 26, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Mumbai tracks are always flat. So no surprise Mumbai batsmen have lot of records to show. Let them come out and play in pace/spin pitches and produce such records.

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    CONTINUED FORM ABOVE: the sandy beaches of West Indies. Where bowlers and batters alike learnt their cricket. You would think that slow/indifferent pitches in India would induce a budding fast bowler to try harder. It would be a sorry cricketer who throws up his hand during a match putting forward the pitch argument as an excuse for lack of trying harder. If batters are graded by their form on bowler friendly pitches, why should bowlers not be graded by their abilities to negotiate a batter friendly pitch? At least its not sandy! It would be sad indeed to have to **prepare bowler friendly pitches** to pick up bowlers for a national side (probably end up producing excellent batters, though). The more likely reason for India not producing ANY bowler of great skills recently is that there's no bowler version of Tendulkar. Spin went out of fashion with the departure of Bedis and Chandrasekhars. (No commercial endorsements etc. for these spin geniuses). How many businesses back Ojha or Ash

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Everyone blames Indian pitches for not *encouraging* bowlers, fast or slow, in recent times. It is not like India has ever produced a battery of fast bowlers in the past. There have been one or two pre-1950-60 but from the 1960s to2013 there have only been Dev, Srinath and, maybe, Sharma who have regularly bowled at 140KPH and over. Srinath was probably the fastest and Sharma was clocked bowling 150KPH in some ODIs and IPL 20-20 matches. Really, are Indian pitches to blame? I recently saw a wonderful documentary about the rise of West Indian fast bowlers (and the making of Loyds' world beating team of the 70s - 80s). Called "Fire in Babylon" (On Netflix) it also describes the bouncer wars in Australia, which featured, probably the greatest gathering of fast bowlers in history (Lille, Thompson, Pascoe, Marshal, Holding, Croft, Garner) in some detail. The West Indian fast bowlers were virtually picked up from where they toiled and trained: The Sandy Beaches CONTINUED BELOW (maybe).

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    At which point I dare say that India does have a few ''Potentially""` good batsmen of which only Kohli has played overseas. Batters like Dhavan, Sharma, why, even Poojara have not been tested abroad. The only player with some quality overseas experience is their Captain, Dhoni. Given the record of Indian batters who have scored centuries on debut (seven out of the lot never did make any more centuries and were out of the side soon after) an optimistic ratio of 1:3 for any of the three batters (Dhavan, Sharma and Poojara) is, I suppose, as good a way of predicting India's future batting strength. Of these I would back Sharma simply because of his grit and determination as Indian Batters playing overseas, in spite of having great talent, have failed to do anything of note because of their lacking the qualities displayed by Sharma recently. So, I guess, India should still be looking for some real talent to enhance their bench strength.

  • A.Ak on November 22, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Well done Prithvi . Have fun with cricket and focus on studies as well. Good luck with your future.

  • Sagarneel on November 22, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Please leave him alone and let him enjoy his childhood and cricket.

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Which is the highest Individual score in any form of Cricket. Prithvi' effort is great as no other great Mumbai Batsman in the past or present could not score 500 runs and not even the great Sachin Tendulkar. So watch out for this teenager who will go miles if give right opportunity and right breaks at the right time.

  • jimbond on November 22, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Actually the Sarfraz Khan mentioned in the article was one of the better performers in the Under-19 world cup. Sarfraz is less than 16, which implies that the 439 that he scored 4 years ago was done when he was below 12. In addition to batting, his bowling was ailso pretty effective and it would be good if he leaves mumbai so that he gets a chance to play in Ranji next year- so that he can test and develop his skills against the more accomplished players.

  • on November 21, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    Results of flat wickets. BCCI must think about Indian bowling future.

  • Naresh28 on November 21, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    WELL done to this youngster. Batting talents at all age groups has been the key!!! @binu.emiliya - yah Kuldeep (chinaman bowler) is good spinner to watch for.

  • on November 21, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    @Angry_Bowler : Rightly said.. India in Future can look for some foreign players as Bowlers, like how England take Ireland Players..

  • blthndr on November 21, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    He has also played for Gloucestershire second team this year.

  • ashes267 on November 21, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    I have a engg college friend who have had taken 6 wickets in 6 balls in an inter-college championship and have had fastest speeds in bowling .. immense talent .. but he was very poor with the bat and also he was from a rural Maharashtra background .. He tried for a chance in university team but got rejected due to other guys have had better political connections and got easily selected .. also due to his poor batting he could not got a chance .. after trying for 3 years and could not make it to the team .. he finally decided not to pursue a career in cricket and instead concentrated on a career in IT ( he was from electrical engg back ground but did not want to have a career in it as it was not a great field for better salaried jobs ) .. Now he is a PM in a MNC working in US ... with a fat body .... SO ITS AN END FOR Cricket ..

  • Angry_Bowler on November 21, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    India has plenty of Sachins and Sunnys but unfortunately no Kapils! Time to invest in young fast bowlers and stop making flat pitches. I just can't imagine how ridiculous it has become ever since T20 arrived in India. Every tom, dick and harry are hitting record number of centuries. A total batting friendly pitches will only worsen the current situation, sadly this trend will continue though.

  • on November 21, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Good work keep it up looks great job

  • Harrysran on November 21, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    I am very glad to see the news. There you go we have talent in INDIA but we need to find it. But here I have a question that Mr. Shaw has to be in Mr. Dhoni's list. Otherwise it will be the story of Bhajji,Zaheer or Shewag etc. No doubt He is very good Captain but also an Indian Cricket Dictator too. He can do what he wants. That is only happen in India. I love my India too.

  • Johnny_129 on November 20, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    India can learn from the makings of SRT (and even Ganguly). Talented players who are given an experience at the highest levels early in development (especially when still in their teens) often become good enough for that level. Even if they get dropped and then return a couple of years later. The reason for this being, the young player gets an idea of the requirements while still developing and have plenty of time to adjust their game. The downside of this being, the team suffers a bit while trying to develop youngsters. Here, India has a perfect opportunity to develop these young guns into emulating perhaps not Sachin but definitely a Dravid, Laxman, Kohli or Sehwag! The Indian team is in a good space and it is the best time to give these young lads the ultimate development opportunity instead of waiting until the team is struggling. Some might say that a young players confidence will be shattered if he fails early but I don't buy into this argument!

  • on November 20, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Not sure why this is a big news, what happened to Armaan, Sarfaraz and many others who scored like this before.

    People are obsessed with Sachin and they need some consolation!

  • binu.emiliya on November 20, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    We have good batting talents coming up , Sanju Samson, Baba Aparajith , Sarfraz Khan and in bowling Kuldeep Yadav

  • bestofluckindia on November 20, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Such imbalance between talents in India. I guess no one is bothered to get a few young fasters and breed them in mould of steyn, lee, kapil so they can manage their body at an early age and prevent injury letting them have a long and healthy career serving the Nation. Such articles only inspire batting and batting but to make a strong team we need only 6. Where will the other 4/5 come from?

  • on November 20, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Bravo! Kid;

    Thanks for the Score sheet..it is now in the safe hands...later school management could say '"the score sheet was like a sheet from any other match." , when they burnt sachin-kambli record partnership scoresheet.

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    We got sachin two years after gavaskar....may be we hv got shaw 2 days aftee tendulkar

  • pull_shot on November 20, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think kids like him should be drafted in to ranji matches at early age say @16 or @17

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    love to see another sachin from india

  • pravek666 on November 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    very humble talker indeed!!! well played shaw!!

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Now please don't start pressurizing him with comparisons to Sachin!

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Be come good player

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Prithiv is new batting hero of India, let his guy play in Mumbai Ranji team this year it is already weak due to Tendulkar's retirement and Rohit Sharma's and Ajinkya Rahane" national commitments. I think he will do well and will get benefited from that in future to build his career.

  • cricketeria on November 20, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Amazing feat. India's cricketing culture encourages a hunger for runs, which produces excellent batsmen. I hope Pakistan can emulate this somehow. I remember Javed Miandad saying a long time ago that batsmen need "runs ki bhook" i.e. a hunger for runs.

  • Sunnyside2711 on November 20, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Had noticed about this youngster in the trailer of the documentary made on Indian Cricket"Beyond all Boundaries". It will be interesting to observe the Career paths of Armaan, Sarfaraz and Prithvi and see who will retain the hunger and passion till the end. All the best wishes to all three of them.

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  • Sunnyside2711 on November 20, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Had noticed about this youngster in the trailer of the documentary made on Indian Cricket"Beyond all Boundaries". It will be interesting to observe the Career paths of Armaan, Sarfaraz and Prithvi and see who will retain the hunger and passion till the end. All the best wishes to all three of them.

  • cricketeria on November 20, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Amazing feat. India's cricketing culture encourages a hunger for runs, which produces excellent batsmen. I hope Pakistan can emulate this somehow. I remember Javed Miandad saying a long time ago that batsmen need "runs ki bhook" i.e. a hunger for runs.

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Prithiv is new batting hero of India, let his guy play in Mumbai Ranji team this year it is already weak due to Tendulkar's retirement and Rohit Sharma's and Ajinkya Rahane" national commitments. I think he will do well and will get benefited from that in future to build his career.

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Be come good player

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Now please don't start pressurizing him with comparisons to Sachin!

  • pravek666 on November 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    very humble talker indeed!!! well played shaw!!

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    love to see another sachin from india

  • pull_shot on November 20, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think kids like him should be drafted in to ranji matches at early age say @16 or @17

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    We got sachin two years after gavaskar....may be we hv got shaw 2 days aftee tendulkar

  • on November 20, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Bravo! Kid;

    Thanks for the Score sheet..it is now in the safe hands...later school management could say '"the score sheet was like a sheet from any other match." , when they burnt sachin-kambli record partnership scoresheet.