‘This boy will end up playing for India’ – What Tendulkar thought of a young Shaw

When Sachin Tendulkar saw Prithvi Shaw for the first time several years ago, he had predicted that the young man would play for India.

On Thursday, Shaw became the youngest player to debut for India in India. Cricket, making 134 against the Antilles in Rajkot. Shaw, who like Tendulkar is a product of the Mumbai system, sought a meeting with the master when his game was still in development, and had even impressed Tendulkar.

"Jagdish Chavan, a friend of mine, once asked me to take a look at Prithvi," Tendulkar told the Times of India . "He said:" There's a young guy who wants to meet you and it would be nice if you could take a look. "Prithvi wanted to discuss his game and was very young at the time.

" So I took a look and , at first glance, I told him [Chavan] this child will end up playing for India. I remember saying, "You're looking at a future Indian cricketer … Mark my words, this guy will end up playing for India." So that was my first impression of Prithvi. "

Tendulkar said that what impressed him was Shaw's hand-eye coordination and" the way he picked up the line and the length. It was really exceptional. At that age, no one can generate power. That comes with age. But technically, how many boys are so correct? I could see that he had that natural talent, a gift, and I felt that there are not many men who have it. "

With a century in his first test turns, Tendulkar felt that Shaw had scored a significant square." I'm sure of it. He must be extremely relieved that he was able to get a high score on his first outing. A big question is always: "A man has had a good performance at home, now can do the same at the international level?" No matter how talented the boy is, there is always a question mark. And a century seals it. The figure is magical. Everyone starts to think differently. As far as I'm concerned, the first obstacle I was going to find is already out of the way. "

Tendulkar also praised Shaw's ability to learn and adapt to different situations." Whatever I've seen of him, he's been a quick learner. For me, being talented is one thing, but what you do with that talent becomes more important. If you want to succeed internationally you have to be a fast learner. When someone has to act and stay at this level, and play cricket in different terrains and conditions throughout the world for a long time, adaptability becomes the critical factor. For me, that is Prithvi's greatest strength. "

In the past few years, Tendulkar said he had also advised Shaw not to make technical changes to his batting, telling him" if someone asks you to change your grip on batting, you should ask that person to come and talk to me. "Shaw had previously spoken about some of the technical problems in his game and said that Rahul Dravid, his coach from India A and India U-19, had told him Do not worry about that, if he was scoring races, Tendulkar had the same advice.

"He discussed it with me a while ago and all I asked him was:" Have you felt uncomfortable about it? " # 39; His answer was & # 39; No & # 39; … Then why change something unnecessarily? When things are not broken, do not break them so you can repair them again. If you can adjust, then it's fine. Over time, there will be many changes in your game with the experience. And you have to climb that tide. "

" Changes will happen as he plays cricket more at this level. It is unavoidable. But, until then, do not keep finding flaws. "

source:- espncricinfo.com

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