As flattering as it may sound, but the young protege, Prithvi Shaw doesn’t like comparisons with the legendary great Sachin Tendulkar, amid the similarities that have been drawn between him and the legendary batsman. The cricketing fraternity has drawn various comparisons between the two, with former Australia batsman Mark Waugh believing Shaw’s technique is “just so much” like Tendulkar’s, during the 20-year-old’s debut against West Indies in 2018.
During a recent interaction with Times of India, talking about the comparisons, Shaw said, “I am thankful to him (Waugh) for comparing me to the likes of Sachin sir, but I wouldn’t like to compare myself to a legend like Sachin sir. It will be an honor if I can just keep learning from such legends, which will help me improve my game and improve as a person too. If I am practicing and Sachin sir is free, he just comes to the nets and gives advice. Whenever I feel any discomfort with my batting or need any advice, he is someone who is always there for me. “
Beyond Tendulkar, Shaw also acknowledged the contribution of Rahul Dravid in his career while playing for India A and Under-19 teams and also leading the latter to a World Cup title in 2019.
Prithvi explained, “Rahul sir has played a big role both in my cricketing life and life beyond the boundary rope. Being a disciplined sportsperson himself, Rahul sir talks about those things. A lot of things that I have learned in the past three-four years during my U-19 World Cup journey as well as India A, are due to him.”
Once Shaw made his international debut and bagged his maiden IPL contract for Delhi Capitals in 2018 as well and got the opportunity to learn from veteran skippers, Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting.
Describing that experience, Shaw said, “Someone who has played international cricket for more than 15 years, scored tons of runs, and has handled pressure at the highest level consistently. Ricky Ponting is such a nice coach to have. He is a really good friend and never says that ‘I am your coach.’ I also learned a lot from Sourav Ganguly sir when he was with the Delhi Capitals.”