Hindu – Mumbai: Chhotu.


  • As he lifted the coveted Under-19 World Cup trophy aloft in celebration on Saturday, Prithvi Shaw appeared to have grown in stature: Chhotu had gone from being the youngest to one of the bigger achievers in city cricket.
  • That Shaw, the first Mumbai cricketer to be appointed India Under-19 captain for a World Cup, ended his junior cricket journey on a memorable note not only augurs well for the 18-year-old, it also indicates that Mumbai’s legacy of batsmanship has found a new torch-bearer.
  • Chhotu may have landed himself a massive eight-figure IPL contract and lifted the junior cricket World Cup in just one week, but his journey as Prithvi Shaw, from a distant West Mumbai suburb to being the toast of city cricket’s finest, or Indian cricket, for that matter, warrants telling.
  • Amre said, “Few u-19 cricketers can stake a claim for place in Mumbai’s Ranji side at that young age, but Prithvi has earned it, and has shown that he belongs in the big league.”
  • Prithvi, who likes to celebrate a big hundred with Chinese food, preferably chowmein, was not satisfied with his performance in Mumbai’s topsy-turvy Ranji campaign, despite scoring three centuries.

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