Prithvi Shaw, the new stalwart of Indian cricket has his roots in Bihar

Prithvi Shaw has started his career with a bang by hitting a century in his debut test match. Completing his
century in 99 balls only, Prithvi Shaw studded his innings with 19 boundaries and a stunning strike rate of 87.01. After the fall of his opening partner KL Rahul in the very first over, Prithvi batted very aggressively and made a record partnership of 206 with Cheteshwar Pujara. It was nothing short of a dream debut for Prithvi Shaw as he’s the 10th Indian cricketer to score a century in his debut test match.

Prithvi Shaw’s family originally comes from Manpur block in Gaya District, Bihar. Grandfather of Prithvi, Ashok Shaw still lives here and runs a clothing shop named “Cutpiece” in Shivcharan lane of Manpur. Prithvi is the only child of Pankaj Shaw. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Prithvi Shaw originally comes from Patwa Toli of Manpur where his grandparents and other family members are still residing. As you might know that Patwa Toli is renowned for producing IITians and now this place has a cricketer son to be proud of as well.

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Shaw at 18 years 329 days is now also the second youngest Indian ever to score a Test century, after the legendry Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin at 17 years and 107 days scored his maiden test century in 1990 vs England in Manchester with a fine unbeaten knock of 119. The moment Virat Kohli handed Prithvi the Test cap, his family echoed with joy. When he was
selected for team India, his grandfather Ashok Shaw went to meet him. He was certain about performing well on England tour but could not get the chance.

“His father Pankaj Shaw and Mumbai are equally behind the success of Prithvi. Pankaj runs a
clothing business in Mumbai. He went to Mumbai in a very short age. My grandson is born in
Mumbai but he is always connected to Bihar.”

as Ashok Shaw, grandfather of Prithvi Shaw told News 18.

Prithvi is playing cricket since he was 4 years old. His father Pankaj Shaw recognized his talent and put in all his efforts to get him admitted in cricket academy in Mumbai. Prithvi used to wake up at 4 in the morning and go to Mumbai from Virar by local train. His hard work has paid off and he’s playing for the Indian team. Sachin Tendulkar is the favourite cricketer of Prithvi Shaw.

Scoring a century in debut matches seems to be a regular thing for Prithvi Shaw as he has scored century in his debut matches while playing in Duleep Trophy, Ranji Trophy and now in his debut Test match for the National team of India. He comes third on the list of scoring fastest century in debut Test matches. Shikhar Dhawan still comes first on the list as he scored his century in 85 balls. Prithvi Shaw has scored 1418 runs in his 14 first-class matches with an average of 56.72. With his century, Shaw has etched his name alongside the likes of legendry cricketers Lala Amarnath, Md Azharuddin, and Sourav Ganguly.

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