Political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have reportedly threatened Prithvi Shaw to quit cricket.
Prithvi Shaw’s entry in international cricket has been nothing short of a fairytale. The 18-year old earned his maiden Test call-up after piling up runs from a very young age.
Shaw shot to limelight when he set a new record of 546 runs from 330 balls playing for Rizvi Springfield in a Harris Shield match. It was the highest score in Indian schools cricket before being surpassed by Pranav Dhanawade in 2016. The marathon knock, which lasted six hours and seven minutes, was studded with 85 fours and five sixes.
Shaw made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the semi-finals of the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy on 1 January 2017. He had gone on score a century in the second innings to bag the Man of the Match award.
The right-handed batsman also scored a century in his debut match of the Duleep Trophy. He equaled the record held by Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored for the first time a century each in his debut matches of Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy respectively.
He then led India to ICC Under-19 World Cup trophy and impressed in IPL and for India A which paved the way for his maiden Test call-up.
And so far he has totally justified the hype as well as the faith showed in him. He starred with the bat for India in the recently-concluded series against West Indies.
The right-handed batsman opened the series with a blistering 134-run knock. In the following innings he scored 70 off just 53 balls before scoring an unbeaten 33 to take India home. Shaw finished the series with 234 runs which was enough for him to earn the man-of-the-series award.
But amidst all this, a disturbing news has surfaced. As per media reports, Rajya Sabha Member of Indian National Congress from Bihar, Akhilesh Prasad Singh has claimed that Shaw has been threatened to quit the game.
According to Mr. Akhilesh, Shaw, who is a native of Bihar, has been warned by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader and workers to stop playing cricket. Mr. Akhilesh alleged that MNS President is miffed with Shaw after the latter said he is from Bihar despite learning the game in Maharashtra.
“Prithvi Shaw, International Cricketer living in Manpur of Bihar’s Gaya district is facing harassment from MNS in Maharashtra. MNS leaders and workers are threatening his family and asking them to tell Prithvi to quit cricket,” Mr Akhilesh said.
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However, MNS have denied the allegations and have called them baseless.