Prithvi Shaw seems to have hit a purple patch in the Ranji Trophy season 2017-18. The 17-year-old cricketer managed to score his fourth First-Class century in his fifth First-Class match. Shaw scored 105 from 155 balls against Odisha in Bhubaneshwar on November 1. With his fourth century, Shaw came close to India’s legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring 7 First-Class centuries before turning 18. Though it is highly unlikely that Shaw will break Tendulkar’s record as he is turning 18 on November 9. He shared a partnership of 136 runs for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane helping Mumbai get off to a good start after opener Akhil Herwadkar’s wicket in the sixth over.
Shaw’s previous First-Class centuries –
1. 123 against Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy 2017-18 clash.
2. 154 against India Blue in a Duleep Trophy 2017 clash.
3. 120 against Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy 2016-17 clash.
Though Shaw did manage to equal the record of most number of centuries in Ranji Trophy before turning 18. Only Ambati Rayudu and Ankit Bawne have scored three centuries in Ranji Trophy before turning 18. The 17-year-old has a chance to break the record as it is the first innings of Mumbai vs Odisha match.
The Mumbai opener is breaking records at a mere age of 17. He is the youngest to score a century in Duleep Trophy final (154 against India Blue). He is also the youngest to score a century in a division of Kanga League in Mumbai. He made headlines in December, 2014 for scoring 546 runs in a Haris Shield match, a record in schools cricket.
So, another first class century for young Prithvi Shaw. Just 17! Good to see. Looking forward to watching him bat.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 1, 2017
The 17-year-old managed to score a century on Ranji debut as well and became the first Mumbai batsman to do so in two decades. He has been backed by former Indian cricketer and Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid as he believes the batsman is ‘talented’ but a long way to go.