India opener Prithvi Shaw began his sojourn in Australia in style by slamming a blazing fifty against Cricket Australia XI in the ongoing warm-up game.
There is absolutely no stopping Prithvi Shaw at the moment. With every passing innings, the youngster is showing the world how immensely talented he is.
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That Shaw is destined for greater success was clear from his early days. He first 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.
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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 his first Test series against Windies.
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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.
And he has now started his tour of Australia in the same manner. The youngster scored a quickfire fifty against Cricket Australia XI to set the tone for the his teammates.
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While KL Rahul departed early, Shaw looked at ease right from the start. Cuts, drives, pulls were all on show as Shaw marched on. He reached his fifty off just 52 balls before falling for 66. The knock came off just 69 balls and contained 11 cracking boundaries.
Here is a snippet showing the stunning knock from Shaw:
Highlights of Prithvi Shaw's half-century as he reached 52 from 52 balls.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 29, 2018