Pankaj Shaw mad his Ranji Trophy debut for Bengal last season. Photo Courtesy: Pankaj Shaw's twitter handle
Pankaj Shaw mad his Ranji Trophy debut for Bengal last season. Photo Courtesy: Pankaj Shaw’s twitter handle

Kolkata: Bengal batsman Pankaj Shaw, who smashed an unbeaten 413 in a local cricket league game on Sunday, said his feat is history now and he wants to focus on other targets. “I got a congratulatory call from Dada [former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly] and it felt good,” Shaw told reporters on Monday. “I am not thinking about my 400 yesterday. It’s past now. I want to cement my place in the Bengal side and then take it one step at a time,” the 28-year-old said. Shaw, who made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bengal last season, played the massive innings for Barisha Sporting against Dakshin Kalikata Sansad (DKS) in the three-day First Division league tournament conducted by the CAB.

The middle-order batsman hit 44 fours and 23 sixes during his blistering knock. “I have struggled to come,” Shaw, whose father runs a small grocery shop in Rajarhat, Kolkata, said. “My father lost his job when I was very young and we grew up with limited resources. I have a big ground in front of my home and I used to play there. At times, my mother would throw the ball at me and I used to bat as my friends were not around,” Shaw said. Bengal have failed to qualify for the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals this season and their performance has been abysmal. Shaw’s innings in the local league match can be thus taken as a belated balm for their wounds.

Shaw s innings is the fifth-highest in senior cricket in India. Of the 11 men to have scored over 400 in a single innings in senior cricket in India, four have gone on to play Test cricket Nari Contractor, Mohinder Amarnath, Wasim Jaffer, and Dinesh Karthik.