Prithvi Shaw batting
Prithvi Shaw (IANS Photo)

Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that he held a session with Prithvi Shaw almost a decade ago on the insistence of his friend to help him work out which areas he should improve on and that he had predicted he will play for India in future.

Shaw, 18, received a maiden India call-up on Wednesday for the remaining two Tests against England. He has been consistently scoring runs in domestic cricket and for representative Indian teams.

During an interaction with fans on his app 100MB on Thursday, Tendulkar narrated a story about how his friend asked him to watch Shaw bat in the nets which led to a session during which the batting legend observed that he was a complete package.

“My friend Jagdish had spent some time Prithvi Shaw, Tendulkar said. “Almost 10 years back, he told me about him and asked me to help him out in what areas Shaw should be working on because he’s a promising youngster. So I spent a session with Shaw and told him about two-three things. But I asked him to not change his grip, stance and natural game. Everything looked good to me.”

In 14 First-class matches, Shaw has scored 1418 runs at an excellent average of 56.72 with seven centuries and five fifties. Of these 14 FC games, four have been for India A in which he has hit 406 runs at an average of 50, with two centuries and one fifty. He has played in 19 List A matches so far, scored 651 runs at 34.26 with two centuries and three half-centuries. Of these, 10 List A games have been for India A, in which he averages 44.20 with two centuries and one fifty.

So much impressed was Tendulkar, who scored 34357 runs in international cricket, that he told his friend that Shaw is going to play for India in the coming future,

“The way he was batting in the nets, I told my friend – You are looking at a future India player. He will end up playing for India,” he said.

Tendulkar specifically instructed against making any alterations to Shaw’s grip or batting stance and that if any coach in asks them otherwise, ask them to speak to him first. “At the same time, I told him and his father that if somebody asks you to change his grip/stance, do not heed to it. If they force it, tell them that I have asked to not change it. If anyone has an issue, speak to me first. When you see a player who doesn’t have much weaknesses and is a complete package, it’s important to not tweak it. Every coach wants to make an addition but sometimes overcooking is no good,” he said.