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Prithvi Shaw nears Sachin Tendulkar batting record with Ranji Trophy ton

The 17-year-old batsman, Prithvi Shaw, slammed his fourth first-class century in just five matches, and is now closing on a unique record set by Sachin Tendulkar

cricket Updated: Nov 01, 2017 19:32 IST
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Prithvi Shaw has been in prolific form with the bat since making his first class debut.
Prithvi Shaw has been in prolific form with the bat since making his first class debut.(PTI)

Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw who has already made selectors take attention of his sensational batting credentials, slammed yet another century on Wednesday against Odisha during their Ranji Trophy encounter in Cuttack — his fourth ton in five first-class matches.

Shaw, who broke into the limelight after smashing 546 runs in a Harris Shield match a couple of years back, is now a regular in the Mumbai Ranji team despite being aged just 17. He slammed 105 before being dismissed by seamer Basant Mohanty, but built a 136-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane for the second wicket to give Mumbai a solid footing after they lost opener Akhil Herwadkar on the cheap.

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Shaw’s debut game for Mumbai had been against domestic heavyweights Tamil Nadu in the semifinal of the Ranji Trophy last year and despite being dismissed for just 4 in the first innings, Shaw slammed a cracking 120 in the second innings to help his side go through to the final. He, however, failed to pick up a hundred in that game and Mumbai lost to Gujarat.

Shaw was then selected for Duleep Trophy and he went on to become the youngest batsman to score a century on debut while representing India Red against India Blue. He followed it up with a call-up to the Board President’s XI where he scored 22 and 66 in the two warm-up games against New Zealand.

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The selectors, however, pulled him off from the under-19 Asia Cup squad but that seems to have only steadied Shaw’s determination to prove his credentials. He slammed a century against Tamil Nadu in his first Ranji game of the season and then followed it up with his brilliance in Bhubaneshwar.

Shaw is also just three centuries away from matching batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s feat of having seven centuries under his belt before turning 18. And given the rich form he is in, the astonishing feat might just be achieved. Shaw is also naturally gifted, and has a brilliant technique to match up to his flair of going for the big shots.

Trent Boult, the Kiwi speedstar who had bowled to Shaw a couple of days back during the warm-up games in Brabourne Stadium, had praised Shaw highly, stating that the ease with which he plays swing early on in the innings is simply incredible.

Other Brief Scores

Group C

At Vizianagaram: Madhya Pradesh 219/ 5 (S Sharma 60, P Yarra 3/35) vs Andhra Pradesh

At Bhubaneswar: Mumbai 264/6 (P Shaw 105, A Rahane 49, Biplab Samantray 2/26) vs Odisha

At Vadodara: Baroda 304/ 5 (V Solanki 116, A Karambelkar 75*, G Singh 2/ 61) vs Tripura

Group D

In Kolkata: Bengal 306/5 (A Raman 176, M Tiwary 78* ) vs Himachal Pradesh

In Nagpur: Vidarbha 259/3 (F Fazal 128, S Ramaswamy 55) vs Services

In Raipur: Chhattisgarh 238 (V Kushwah 76, M Gony 4/41) vs Punjab 57/1

Group A

In Delhi (Palam): Uttar Pradesh 270 (M Saif 83, I Sharma 2/27 ) vs Delhi

In Delhi (Karnail Singh): Hyderabad 272/3 (A Rayudu 88, A Reddy 69, M Rao 2/49) vs Railways.

In Pune: Maharashtra 245 (R Tripathi 120, R Vinay Kumar 6/59) vs Karnataka 117/0 (M Agarwal 50*).

Group B

At Valsad: Gujarat 236 (B Merai 52, Amit Mishra 4/63). Haryana 0/1.

At Thumba: Kerala 219 (S Samson 112, P Rasool 6/70) vs Jammu and Kashmir 16/0.

At Rajkot: Saurashtra 341/5 (C Pujara 125*, PMankad 85, Ashish Kumar 3/50) vs Jharkhand