Yesterday, a star was born.
Not that we did not know about him earlier – he was the star of India’s junior cricket circuit. And the words we would hear from the Bombay media were of genuine appreciation – This kid is the next greatest to have come out of Bombay after Tendulkar. And after Gavaskar, only Tendulkar could be considered better.
Really? Only Gavaskar and Tendulkar?
You are saying … one minute. Hold on. Bombay. Seriously?
Ajinkya Rahane. Wasim Jaffer. Vinod Kambli. Ravi Shastri. The luckless Amol Muzumdar. Sanjay Manjrekar. Rohit Sharma. Heck, the Colonel himself – Dilip Vengsarkar.
You are saying that this kid is potentially better than them all?
That’s what they said. We, from the rest of India hid a smirk – those Mumbaikars always inflate the quality of their own. Sure, he must be good. But he cannot be that good.
He scored a 154-ball 134 in his first test innings. At 18 years of age. While opening the batting. With his partner having departed at 0. And having played technically correct cricketing shots all throughout.
His name is Prithvi Shaw. And you will hear more of him for the next decade and more.