India'sPrithvi Shaw has been compared to batting great Sachin Tendulkar since he was a 14-year-old schoolboy and the lofty parallels will intensify after the teenage prodigy made a sparkling hundred on his test debut on Thursday.
"I feel I have been consistent throughout the year". International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted, "What a Debut". As far as I am concerned, the first hurdle that he was going to encounter is out of the way now.
"When a little boy is taking a 4 am train from Virar to Bandra, trying to get into those insanely crowded compartments where at times people protest if they see huge kitbags, it prepares you for a tough life".
2007 - The last time an India player younger than Shaw made a Test debut - Ishant Sharma at 18 years and 265 days against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has backed his team to adapt and adjust to the conditions in the Test series against West Indies. Having been called up to Mumbai's squad as a possible solution to the domestic giant's opening woes in 2016-17, Shaw, having turned 17 weeks earlier, appeared to be lost in the big league. People are generally happy just getting their first hundred, but you seemed really disappointed.
What is better than making a debut? Vijay Hazare was a good match practice for me. It finally happened today.
Though he did not get to don the whites in England, Shaw got a tip or two from the senior cricketers - something that helped him immensely. In an interview to the Board of Cricket for Control in India, Shaw said, "I think he's (Virat Kohli) really a amusing guy off the field. Whatever games came my way, I tried to give my best, do whatever I can to win matches for the team, be it at the Ranji Trophy level, India A, IPL, this was always on my mind", he said, revealing that he would dedicate this century to his father, Pankaj Shaw. "I was remembering those innings", the batsman revealed. "I can not even describe it now", Shaw said while speaking to the official broadcasters at the end of the day.
Amitabh Bachchan was thrilled to bits after watching the young batsman dominate the opposition and went on to say that he is a cricketing wonder to watch out for. "Play like another game".
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