A day after Prithvi Shaw entered the record books for scoring a record 546 off 330 balls in a Harris Shield match for his school Rizvi Springfield, he told NDTV how a piece of advice from Sachin Tendulkar helped him play a long innings. "When I met Sachin he told me to be patient and just play my natural game," said the 14-year-old on Thursday. (A boy who fought the odds)
"I started playing when I was just five, I did not know Sachin was the God of cricket then. As I grew up I knew that he was the God," Prithvi said. Tendulkar has seen Prithvi bat in the nets and his talent has impressed the legend, who retired from cricket on November 16 after playing 200 Test matches. (Why Prithvi is trending)
Prithvi acknowledges that his father, Pankaj, and coaches have been of great support in shaping his fledgling career. (10 things about Prithvi)
"Yes I have had great support from my coaches and everyone else. Earlier, I was living in Virar and it was a struggle. But now I live in Santa Cruz and everyone has stood by me," said Prithvi, who has been named the captain of the Mumbai under-16 team. (Is Prithvi the next Sachin?)
On his trip to Manchester last year, Prithvi remembers how difficult it was to adjust to the conditions initially, but he was able to adapt eventually. "It was my first trip to England and it was very beautiful. It was hard to play over there but after a couple of matches I was comfortable." H even scored a century.
The teenager does not want comparisons with Tendulkar, who made his Test debut at the age of 16 in Pakistan in 1989. "I don't want to be compared to Sachin as he was very good in his cricket. I have to go step-by-step and continue the way I am playing." (Love Sachin's cover drive: Prithvi)
Shaw's record 546 erased Armaan Jaffer's 473, scored in a Harris Shield match earlier this year. Armaan is the nephew of former Test batsman Wasim Jaffer. Armaan was in the news in December 2010 when he slammed 498 in the Under-14 Giles Shield to break the record held by Sarfaraz Khan (439 in 2009-10). Interestingly Shaw, Armaan and Sarfaraz come from the same school, Rizvi Springfield.