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Prithvi Shaw hails teammates, coaches after ‘perfect’ U-19 Cricket World Cup show

Prithvi Shaw also said that words can never express the emotions that he felt while guiding the Indian team to ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup glory.

cricket Updated: Feb 05, 2018 21:12 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Prithvi Shaw (C) holds the U-19 Cricket World Cup trophy during a news conference in Mumbai.
Prithvi Shaw (C) holds the U-19 Cricket World Cup trophy during a news conference in Mumbai.(AFP)

Around five years ago, when Prithvi Shaw slammed a stellar 546 in a Harris Shield game in 2013, little would he have thought about the dream run the teenager is enjoying in the game. A World Cup-winning captain after the triumph over Australia in the U-19 tournament final in New Zealand, Shaw’s pride stood out as he addressed the media on Monday.

“I am very happy and proud. I played a lot of school cricket and scored heavily and went on to play Ranji Trophy as well. But when we represent India, it’s a different feeling. I feel proud and happy,” he said at a press conference here on Monday. Shaw, already a Mumbai regular, has taken domestic cricket by storm and was picked up by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.2 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction.

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“We have brought the World Cup back. Everybody has worked hard in the last year, I suppose even in practice matches. We’ve practiced hard as a unit, even the support staff (have worked hard), and the results can be seen. The way we planned, it was well executed on the ground and we lifted the World Cup,” Shaw added.

He recalled how as a boy he had to commute long distances by local trains in Mumbai, which can be a nightmare in peak hours. “It was a difficult journey for me as I used to live in Virar,” he said. “All credit to my dad as he was the one who took me to the practice matches, and it was far away from my home in Virar. It used to take two hours to reach by train.”

By leading India’s unbeaten campaign, Prithvi Shaw emulated Virat Kohli’s feat in 2008. “In the past two-three years, I have worked hard to play for the India under-19 side. Becoming a World Cup captain, well, I can’t express in words how I feel. I’d like to thank everyone, including the BCCI and selectors, for entrusting me with this responsibility.”