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Cricket

I told my teammates not to tell me individual score: Prithvi
PTI
Mumbai, November 21, 2013
First Published: 13:54 IST(21/11/2013)
Last Updated: 13:55 IST(21/11/2013)

Call it superstition or the Mumbai school of batsmanship which teaches one to put team before self, 14-year-old Prithvi Shaw had categorically told his teammates not to prompt his personal score, which is why he didn't know that he reached 490s during his knock of 546.

"I didn't know when I was in the 490s because I told my teammates not to tell me my score. I was batting well and I wanted to play my natural game. Once I reached 500, my teammates told me and cheered for me," the 14-year-old ninth standard student of Rizvi Springfield told reporters today after his record-breaking knock against St Francis Borivali.

Asked about his favourite cricketer and youngster said it was none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

"Because he is humble and I like his square cut and pull shot," said Prithvi.

What really surprised him was the presence of the media at the ground.

"I wasn't expecting so much of media people over here," Prithvi said while talking to the reporters at the Azad Maidan after the day's play got over.

Asked about his favourite shot, pat came the reply, "Cover drive."

Queried on how he planned his innings, Prithvi said, "I was totally blank when I went in today. There were no specific plans. Just concentrated on playing the singles and twos and waited for the loose deliveries." Asked about the opposition bowling attack, he tried to answer like pros do but ended up being what he is -- a sweet little teenager.

"They had some good bowlers and fielders but at the same time they bowled a lot of loose balls during my batting. They dropped some catches. It wasn't easy for them out there. Some of them were diving catches. To keep my hydration going, I drank lots of water," he said.

The Mumbai U-16 captain started cricket in Virar when he was just four years old.

"When I was four, I started playing cricket. My father didn't know about cricket. Then one of my father's friend advised him to take me to a coaching camp. It was based in Virar. I earlier used to stay in Virar and I was coached by Santosh Pingulkar. Now I train under Raju Pathak and also at the MIG," Prithvi stated.


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