When Prithvi Shaw dazzled at the India Today Conclave 2018
Prithvi Shaw became the fourth youngest batsman in history to score a hundred on Test debut during the first match against West Indies in Rajkot. The 18-year-old is now the youngest Indian to achieve the feat. Before him, only 14 players had scored a hundred on debut.Shaw has continued his journey as a boy wonder. He announced his arrival with a record-shattering 546 off 330 balls in school cricket as a 14-year-old. By 2017, he was setting more records.In January 2017, he scored a hundred on Ranji Trophy debut. Later that year, he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the youngest debut centurion in Duleep Trophy.A few months later, Prithvi Shaw led India to glory in the under-19 World Cup. By then, the cricket world was enamoured by him and he went on to bag a Rs 1.20 crore contract with Delhi Daredevils in the 2018 IPL Auction.WATCH PRITHVI SHAW AT INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE 2018In August 2018, Shaw was named in the Indian squad for the last two Tests in England. However, he did not get a game there.And when Shikhar Dhawan was left out of the Test squad for the series against West Indies, it was obvious Shaw would get his first cap at home. On October 3, the Indian team management announced Prithvi Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, would become India’s 293rd Test cricketer.Shaw grabbed the opportunity with both hands and struck a hundred on debut, eventually getting out at 134 off 154 deliveries.Also read – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaadvertisementMonths before his debut, Prithvi Shaw had shown how matured and level headed he was at the India Today Conclave 2018. When asked if he had ever imagined sitting with the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ajinkya Rahane and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri as a 14-year-old, Shaw had replied: “Not really… not when I was 14 years old.. but I really wanted to be in the Indian side. I was looking to get into the under-19, the state side and then the Indian side. I was not thinking directly for the Indian team.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | Scorecard”Obviously there were lots of steps ahead.. there’s the under-16 stage and you have to score there. I am feeling very proud sitting with all seniors over here. After the (U-19 Word Cup), a lot has changed but there’s a lot more to come in my career. And I have to really work hard for it,” Shaw had said.Also read – Prithvi Shaw’s majestic debut Test hundred floors India cricket legendsAsked if he was okay handling the burden of expectations after his success at the Under-19 World Cup, Shaw said he would rather enjoy the process than get bogged down by pressure.”I think there’s no pressure. It’s all about how much you enjoy the game and when you score runs. Some players take time.. Virat sir reached there. He was picked for the Indian team after the U-19 World Cup.Also read – 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw youngest Indian to score half-century on Test debut”Cricket is a funny game… there are ups and down. It’s all about handling pressure. When the time comes, you will get in,” Shaw said.And Prithvi Shaw right. When the time came, he did get in. There were no nerves. There was no pressure, at least to those of watching him play those glorious shots. Instead, there were plenty of runs and there was plenty of applause.For over a session on Thursday, young Prithvi Shaw loomed large even over Cheteshwar Pujara, who preferred to play in the teenager’s shadows.