Prithvi Shaw is an Indian cricketer who represents Mumbai in first-class cricket. A top-order batsman, Shaw also plays for Middle Income Group (MIG) Cricket Club in Mumbai and was the captain of Rizvi Springfield High School and the Mumbai under-16 team.
He first gained prominence after scoring the highest score by any batsman in any organised form of cricket since 1901 when he hit 546 in a Harris Shield elite division match in November 2013 before the record was broken by Pranav Dhanawade on 4 January 2016.
Shaw is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-spin bowler. His impressive performances have made many compare him with India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. He was a central figure in the cricket documentary film Beyond All Boundaries. Shaw has also signed a lucrative deal worth Rs 36 lakh with SG, which has been endorsed by Indian cricket legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag in the past.
He made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the semi-finals of the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy on 1 January 2017. Shaw was also named the captain of India Under-19 for the 2018 ICC World Cup in New Zealand. He went on to lead India to the trophy in the tournament
Born in Thane, Maharashtra, Shaw was exposed to the world of cricket when he was enrolled in the Virar cricket academy at just three. He suffered a personal tragedy at a very young age as his mother died. His father then gave up his business to focus on his cricketing career.
Prithvi 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.
He made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the semi-finals of the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy on 1 January 2017 and went on score a century in the second innings to bag the Man of the Match award. He also scored a century in his debut match of the Duleep Trophy and 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.
In January 2017, he got his first Indian Premier League contract. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils for INR 1.2 crores.
In November 2013, he scored 546 runs from 330 balls playing for Rizvi Springfield in a Harris Shield match which was the highest score in Indian schools cricket at that point of time. Currently it is the 4th highest score by any batsman in any form of the organized game. Shaw scored a century on his Ranji Trophy debut, replicating Sachin Tendulkar’s feat. He also scored a century on his Duleep Trophy debut and became the youngest to do so, breaking the record previously held by Sachin Tendulkar.