Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill have a lot of potential, they should enjoy their cricket: Sachin Tendulkar
The Indian cricket team management is not shying away from giving talented youngsters a chance to prove themselves on the international stage.
After fast-tracking Prithvi Shaw into the Test arena last year in the home series against the West Indies, young Shubman Gill was handed the India cap in the recently-concluded ODI series against New Zealand.
Both Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill are 19 years old.
A certain Sachin Tendulkar knows exactly what it’s like to start an international career at an early age. The Master Blaster made his international debut in 1989 vs Pakistan at the age of 16.
Now, in an interview to TimesofIndia.com, Tendulkar has spoken about Prithvi and Shubman and how he sees a lot of potential in both the young cricketers.
“I’ve spoken about Prithvi earlier as well, having watched him bat in the nets as a little boy, all of 8-9 years of age, he had something special even back then. I knew instantly that he would play for India,” Tendulkar told Timesofindia.com.
While Prithvi made his Test debut in October 2018, Shubman earned a maiden call-up for the ODI series against New Zealand which India won 4-1. Both batsmen had starred in India’s triumphant campaign in the U-19 Word Cup in New Zealand last year. While Prithvi was the India captain and had a good tournament with the bat (261 runs in 5 innings), Shubman, who scored one century and three half-centuries in the tournament was adjudged Man of the Series in the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup.
Shaw has so far played two Tests (3 innings) for India and scored 237 runs at an astonishing average of 118.50, including one century and one half-century. He in fact became the youngest Indian (18 years and 329 days) to score a Test century on debut and the second youngest Indian overall, after Sachin Tendulkar (17 years 107 days) to score a Test century. In heart breaking fashion Prithvi had to miss the entire Test series in Australia, which India won due to an ankle injury.
Shubman meanwhile had an impressive outing in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season. He scored 728 runs in 5 matches (9 innings) at an average of 104.00.
Thanks to his rich vein of form, Shubman was called-up for the ODI and T20I series against New Zealand in New Zealand as a replacement player, after KL Rahul was suspended.
“Shubman also played a crucial role in last year’s U-19 World Cup and has had a good domestic season, so both of them (Prthivi and Shubman) have a lot of potential. Having said that, these boys have just started playing for India and they should enjoy their cricket,” Tendulkar said.
With the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 round the corner, the Indian legend also recalled the moment when India lifted the coveted trophy, in front of a jam-packed Wankhede crowd in 2011. A moment, which Tendulkar describes as his favourite World Cup moment
“Without a doubt, it has got to be the moment when we won the World Cup in 2011. I remember watching the 1983 World Cup and the joy it brought to every Indian. To be able to achieve that dream and become the first team to win it on home soil was the icing on the cake,” Tendulkar told TimesofIndia.com.
He might be retired now, but Tendulkar is still very busy off the field. The 45 year old, who holds numerous cricketing records, including the maximum Test runs and centuries and the most ODI runs and centuries recently launched India’s first Multiplayer Virtual Reality Cricket Game – Sachin Saga.
Speaking about that, Tendulkar said, “Virtual Reality as a medium is new but it’s probably the most powerful to drive realism and unbelievable gaming experiences. Once you wear the headset, one gets the feeling that you are actually in the stadium. We are launching the Sachin Saga VR headset, so everyone who is a cricket and gaming fan can experience Cricket in a new way unlike before.”
With the 2019 ODI World Cup just months away, Sachin will be hoping the current Indian team can do what he and his 2011 teammates did eight years ago – Win the holy grail of ODI cricket again.