In a Harris Shield school cricket game, Prithvi Shaw of Rizvi Springfield set a new tournament record by smashing 546 runs in just 330 balls against St Francis D'Assisi. It is also the highest score by an Indian in any grade of cricket.
It is the first quintuple hundred in junior games since 1956-57, and the first in all grades of cricket since Brian Lara set the new First Class record with 501* in 1994.
Shaw is the first batsman to pass 500 runs in an innings in the Harris Shield, an annual fixture that draws great interest among those looking out for the next big cricketing talent from Mumbai. It was in the same Harris Shield competition that Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli struck a 664-run partnership for their school in 1988, with both batsmen returning with unbeaten triple-centuries.
"I am feeling good," Shaw told TV channel Times Now. "It is a good score for me and my team. Our coach just asked me to concentrate on every ball. The only plan was to score as many runs as we could.
"I want to continue like this in future also," he added.
Shaw, aged 14, was batting 257 overnight. He had looked set to achieve the rare quadruple, but he pushed on for a rarer quintuple that would now fetch him comparisons with other teenaged prodigies, including one who retired recently after 29 years of butchering bowlers around the world.
In all, Shaw faced 330 balls, struck 85 fours and five sixes. The innings was merely 367 minutes long, giving you a good indication of his striking rate—and perhaps also of D'Assisi's bowling.
A SPECIAL TALENT
He has been marked out as a player to watch out for. In May, Times of India quoted Julian Wood, an English county player and coach, as saying that Shaw could be "the best in the world".
"Five years ago, we were playing a match at the MIG. They put him to bat and he scored 73 against us and I said this is a very, very special boy. I met his father and I told him I will sponsor him. You don't see talent like that everyday at such a young age. I told him he should come to England one day," said Wood.
Shaw has impressed even Tendulkar. A Rediff story says: "Tendulkar first heard about Shaw nearly two years back after the right-hander scored runs aplenty, destroying every bowling attack that squared up against him. The maestro had just completed his batting net sessions at the Mumbai Cricket Association ground in Bandra-Kurla complex in suburban Mumbai, when the sight of a 11-year-old displaying qualities of a top-notch batsman in the nets made him stop in his tracks. Impressed by Shaw's batting, Tendulkar gifted him an SG bat that suited his size. The same company now sponsors his cricketing gear."
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DNA reported Springfield coach Raju Pathak as saying yesterday, “We have two days and I have told Prithvi to go on without pressurising him for a 400. He is a talented batsman and plays without any pressure.”
Armaan Jaffer, the nephew of former India opener Wasim Jaffer, had made 498 in Giles Trophy (for Rizvi Springfield in 2010-11) and 473 in Harris Shield. Shaw overhauled both during the course of his knock. Wasim had himself compiled an unbeaten 400 for Anjuman-e-Islami way back in 1993 in Harris Shield.
NOT THE OVERALL RECORD
Shaw is still a long way off the overall batting record in all junior cricket. In 1899, 13-year-old Arthur Edward Jeune Collins (left, in a photo shot in 1902) became a British celebrity when he made 628 runs in an innings in a school game for Clarke’s House against North Town House. It is the only known sextuple hundred in all cricket.
The timeless match was played in Bristol in a smallish ground. Collins was dropped on 80, 100, 140, 556 and 612. The innings started on June 22. He remained unbeaten when the team was bowled out for 836 on June 26. In the following days, North Town were bowled out for 87 and 61 with Collins taking 11-63, making it an all-round performance that may never be paralleled.
OTHERS IN CLUB 500
It is well-known that only Lara has scored a quintuple hundred in First Class cricket—that innings of 501 back in 1994. It was the last quintuple hundred record in all grades of cricket before Shaw's.
Two other Indians are on record with a 500+ score behind their names. DR Havewalla made 515 for Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railways against St. Xavier's in 1933-34.
The last junior cricketer to score a quintuple hundred was Chaman Lal, also an Indian, who made 502* for Mehandra College Patiala against Government College Rupar.
Between Shaw and Collins, Australia's Charles Eady made 566 for Break-o-Dawn against Wellington in April 1902. Eady, 32 at the time of this innings, scored his runs over three weeks. Unlike Collins who was killed in action aged 29 in the First World War, Eady went on to play two Tests for Australia.
The only other quintuple belongs to one JC Sharp—506* for the delightfully-named Melbourne Grammar School against Geelong College in March 1915.
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Take a bow Prithvi Shaw! The 15-year-old from Rizvi Springfield school slams 546 in Harris Shield match. pic.twitter.com/XAxZYaVnKd— toiphotogallery (@toiphotogallery) November 20, 2013
Prithvi Shaw 546 runs in a schools cricket match in Mumbai. Heck, are we seeing the start of another magnum opus already!?— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 20, 2013
This Shaw is not Bernard,but a 546 deserves mention,a long journey ahead but a start,surely,for people to keep an eye on his progress— shishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) November 20, 2013