Hyderabad, October 14 (PTI) Indian coach Ravi Shastri saw in the batting of Prithvi Shaw, glimpses of two of the best hitters of the modern era and a maverick who redefined the ability to battle.
One Shastri overwhelmed on Sunday, in a Breath, mentioned the names of three legends, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag, while trying to describe Shaw, 18, who accumulated great careers in his first encounter with the best international cricket.
"He (Shaw) is born to play cricket, he's been playing since the age of eight in Mumbai's maidens, you can see all that hard work, it's a delight for the viewer, there's a bit of Sachin there, A bit of Viru in him, and when he walks, there's also a bit of Lara, "Shastri said.
"If you can keep your head on your shoulders and maintain your work ethic, you have a bright future."
Shastri spoke after India completed a sweep of the series 2-0 over the West Indies with a win of 10 windows here.  Starter Shaw flayed the Caribbean attack during his 52-ball-70 on the second day of the second test to give India a great start, days after a century of debut.
Shastri praised the efforts of Umesh Yadav, who returned a match of 10 windows to become the third Indian pacemaker to achieve the feat after Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath.
"It can be a frustrating profession when you sit on the bench as Umesh for 4 tests, only 11 can play, he had his chance here and I am very happy for him, it has been done only four times (ten for a pacemaker in India).
"What this will do is make you believe that it belongs. You can say now that you want your place. That has given us a headache. I was on target, "Shastri said of the pacemaker.
The coach was also relentless in his praise for 20-year-old hitter Rishabh Pant, while backing KL Rahul to get his touch back.
Rahul) will be fine. He is a world class player. Sometimes he tries too hard. He works very hard in his game.
"Pant is another name, he got his chance, he took it, now he has consolidated it."