Difficult to express my feelings in words: Prithvi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2018 09:52:37


Feb 3,


HE UNDERSTANDS the enormity of his side’s achievement but a reticent skipper Prithvi Shaw found it hard to express his emotions after India won their fourth Under-19 World Cup.At 18, like all teenagers, he was not expected to give loaded answers and underlined that it was “fun” which united this bunch of cricketers.“There a lot of memories created. I can’t express, what I am feeling right now. I am just happy,” was all he said when asked to pick a few memories having played his last match at this level in a befitting manner.“It feels really good. Winning this World Cup, it means a lot to us, making India proud. We are enjoying ourselves whether we were batting or bowling,” he said.

Asked what he was going through having achieved the target of winning the World Cup, Shaw said: “There were not many emotions. It was mazzak and masti (fun and frolic). We were waiting for this tournament. We have played together for 1-2 years. As a captain, I have been backed. Whenever I was under pressure, the team backed me (rallied around me).”Shaw also expressed surprise that so many Indian fans gathered to support the team from the beginning of the tournament.

“They all came to watch us. They supported us from the first ball. We got so much of love, we did not expect so many fans. And because of them, we were always fired up.”
Asked what did he convey to his team-mates after the Australian innings ended and they went into a rare huddle? Shaw said, he did not want his side to be complacent.

Rs 25 lakh from MCA for skipper ShawTHE Mumbai Cricket

Association announced a prize of Rs 25 lakh for Under-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw. “Many congrats to the U 19 team. On behalf of @MumbaiCricAssoc MCA prize of Rs 25 lakh to the captain & Mumbaikar Prithvi Shaw! Hope it encourages teenage talents!!,” MCA president and BJP MLA Ashish Shelar tweeted. “World Champions-once again ! Congratulations 2 our U19 cricket team for a masterly performance, #PrithviShaw made Mumbai proud 2day !,” Shelar said in
another tweet.

Virar to WC: Prithvi’s world 

VIRAR (Maharashtra),

Feb 3,


AS HE became toast of the nation for leading India to a dominating U-19 World Cup triumph, Prithvi Shaw’s first coach Santosh Pingulkar recalled days when he had spotted talent in the captain when he was just a three year old.
The youngster’s cricketing journey started in a modest town of Virar near Mumbai but avenues kept opening for him as he grew as a cricketer.“Prithvi Shaw came to me when he was around three years old. It was pure co-incidence when I first spotted him playing at a municipal corporation ground. I had come to Virar from Aurangabad to take permission for the local ground when I saw him play there,” Pingulkar told reporters.“No one was taking him in Mumbai, saying he was very young. We enrolled him in our Golden Star Academy. He was our first student,” he added.

Shaw studied at the National School here, but later shifted to Rizvi school in Mumbai, where he got ample opportunities to prove himself and showcase his talent. “He was at the National School till 2nd-3rd standard and then was shifted to Rizvi school (in Mumbai), but he stayed in Virar till he was 12 years,” recalled Pingulkar, who still coaches students here.Pingulkar remembered that he first saw Shaw playing a few drives and felt that something was special about the toddler.

“He was just playing some drives when I spotted him first. He was only three years old but I felt that there is something and so I spoke to his father (Pankaj Shaw). He joined our academy in September 2002 and started coming regularly to me,” Pingulkar recollected.“It is sure that he will play for India. It is his luck, that he got a coach like Rahul Dravid, who gave him an opportunity,” Pingulkar added.

“He started playing for his school and coming for practice. After he shifted to Rizvi, he used to come for practice. Later it became difficult for him to commute in the (suburban) train. Local MLA Sanjay Potnis arranged a flat for him there (in Mumbai) and looked after him..,” he added.According to the coach, when Shaw was around seven years old, Pingulkar felt that Shaw had the potential to become a big player.

“When he was 8-9 years old he played the CPCC tournament organised by Chandrakant Pandit’s academy. At nine, we sent him for selection for MCA U-14, he got selected for second round, but in the third round was stopped as he was young.” “We then got him enrolled to Rizvi. Where he got many opportunities got selected for Mumbai U-14 when he was 10 years old..,” the coach recalled fondly minutes before his pupil grabbed the U-19 World Cup trophy.Pingulkar remembers that Shaw was very patient and he batted last in the nets so he could get to play for more time than the others.

In 2006 Shaw experienced playing on turf-wicket for the first time. He shinned in several local tournaments it was then that coach Pingulkar decided his pupil needed to move to Mumbai.“Then we shifted to another ground in Yashwant Nagar in 2006, he got an experience to play in turf wickets and then starred in local tournaments and we though he needed a bigger platform and hence took the decision to shift him to Mumbai,” he said. After moving to Mumbai, Shaw, played for MIG, soon he was selected for the U-19 team and the rest is history.

Ishan bowled India to glory with injured foot, reveals coach

A FOOT injury had almost derailed his U-19 World Cup campaign but pacer Ishan Porel was desperate to contribute in Indian team’s success so he chose to play through pain, his coach Bibhash Das revealed on Saturday. Having ruptured his out step tissue on his landing leg (left), Porel made a comeback in 12 days from an injury that usually takes three weeks to heal and his 6-2-17-4 skittled Pakistan out for 69 in the semi-final.

In the final today, Porel (2/30) dismissed both the Australia openers—Jack Edwards (28) and Max Bryant (14)—inside the Powerplay before India bundled them out for 216.“He’s not fully recovered, and bowled with pain on his foot. Such a kind of injury would take a minimum three weeks to recover,” Das, who had a word with Porel after the injury, told PTI. “It’s not actually an ankle injury. He has a tear on his out step of the left leg. He bowled with a heavily taped leg with insole in his shoe, so that he does not aggravate his injury.”