15-year- old Prithvi Shaw smashes record 546 in Harris Shield match
MUMBAI: The dust is yet to settle on the emotional farewell of Mumbai’s ultimate cricket icon and here comes another young boy with such batting promise that recalling Sachin Tendulkar’s deeds as a schoolboy can’t be avoided.
Enter Prithvi Shaw, 15. Standing at just over five feet, he stood tall at Azad Maidan on Wednesday, the ground where Mumbai cricket dreams are built. Playing for Rizvi Springfield (Bandra), he struck a mammoth 546 in a Harris Shield match against St. Francis D’Assisi.
Displaying astonishing stamina, Prithvi, who started batting on Tuesday, was at the crease for six hours and seven minutes. His 330-ball knock was laced with 85 fours and five sixes (an astounding strike rate of 165.45). His team was finally all out for 991.
The innings is the third highest ever, after AEJ Collins’ 628 not out in 1899 and CJ Eady’s 566 at Hobart in 1901. It was the highest score in the 117-year-old tournament.
“I didn’t know when I was in the 490s because I told my teammates not to tell me my score,” Prithvi said.
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Prithvi Shaw, who plays for Rizvi Springfield, drives the ball on Wednesday.