Fearless Prithvi Shaw reminds Courtney Walsh of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgPrithvi Shaw lived up to the hype around him leading up to the Test match with a fantastic 134 off 154 balls as India dominated proceedings on Day 1 of the Rajkot Test versus West Indies.The moment it was announced that the 18-year-old will make his Test debut on Thursday, everyone from the media to the social media was abuzz with Shaw and how he has come through so far in his short cricketing career.And on Thursday, when the moment came, he showed why he deserved all the attention he was getting.Watch: Sunil Gavaskar on Prithvi ShawFrom back-foot punches to cover-drives, Shaw played every shot in his repertoire to woo the audience and show everyone around the world, why he is compared to Sachin Tendulkar on a regular basis.Also Read – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaAnother legend of the game threw his weight behind the astounding resemblance between Shaw and two of Mumbai’s and India’s finest batsmen ever.West Indies legend Courtney Walsh lauded the 18-year-old for his fearless brand of cricket and how he played his innings without being bogged down under pressure.Also Read – Prithvi Shaw: 1st man to hit hundreds on Ranji, Duleep Trophy and Test debut”I am sure the West Indies would be happy to see the back of him, but he played a tremendous innings, that knock was special. It reminded me of a few other Indian guys I have seen like Sunil [Gavaskar] and Sachin [Tendulkar] when they were young, probably because of his height and stature. He’s down there and he plays the cut shots pretty well,” Walsh told on ESPNCricinfo on Thursday.advertisementAlso Read – This one is for my dad: Prithvi Shaw dedicates debut hundred to his hero”Shaw has got good potential. He has shown that he is not afraid of playing his shots or his natural game which is good to see. You want to see more of that. Once he got off the mark, he felt comfortable and that he belonged to Test cricket. He showed that composure. He played some wonderful shots. He played and missed a couple of times, you going to get that, but at the end of the day, I think it was an innings he was very satisfied with,” Walsh added.Twitter applauds, @PrithviShaw reacts!Watch the youngster react to tweets from the legends of the game – by @28anandFull video https://t.co/3FHoYbabB6 pic.twitter.com/DFkU8D1DR8BCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2018Not only Walsh, Tendulkar and Gavaskar also praised the youngster for his extremely impressive show at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.”Lovely to see such an attacking knock in your first innings, Prithvi Shaw! Continue batting fearlessly,” Tendulkar tweeted.Lovely to see such an attacking knock in your first innings, @prithvishaw! Continue batting fearlessly. #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/IIM2IifRAdSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 4, 2018″He (Shaw) showed he belonged to the Test level and the West Indies bowlers gave him some loose deliveries to get him going. It was a very good pitch to bat on but having said that, you still have to get runs and he did that in style,” Gavaskar told India Today.”His confidence level is very high. Rahul was at the other end… he had got a hundred in his previous Test at The Oval but Shaw took strike. He did not know how the pitch would behave or see how the bowlers were bowling. His confidence stood out,” Gavaskar added.Team India coach Ravi Shastri, who also happens to be from Mumbai, lauded the youngster for his fantastic show on his debut game.”Well played young man @PrithviShaw for a free and fearless performance on debut. A bit of Viru and the Master there,” Shastri tweeted.Take a bow, @PrithviShaw #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/3ttCamlAclBCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2018Shaw’s attacking display earned plaudits from everyone and definitely put him right up there in the probables for the four-match Test series against Australia, which starts on December 6 at Adelaide.The immediate challenge for the young man however, will be to pile on as many runs in as many opportunity he gets against a West Indies team that struggled to hurt the Indian batsman after the initial half hour of play on the first day of the series opener.last_img read more