Prithvi Shaw. @ AFP
Prithvi Shaw. @ AFP

Young Prithvi Shaw had a disappointing day with the bat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19 final against Delhi on October 20. Shaw scored just eight before he was cleaned up by Navdeep Saini. However, the day ended on a high after Mumbai clinched the title after 12 years.

What also brought a smile to the young Shaw, who scored a century on his Test debut against West Indies in Rajkot, was the presence of former India batsman Gundappa Viswanath at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Shaw, who had earlier registered a ton in his first-class debut as well, achieved the same feat as Viswanath (in 1969), to become only the third player to score centuries on first-class debut as well as Test debut. Australia’s Dirk Wellham was the other players who reached this dual achievement in 1980-81.

“When I learnt Prithvi was playing in Bengaluru, I decided to meet him,” Viswanath was quoted as saying in a report in Times of India on Monday.

“I congratulated the youngster on his fantastic debut and for joining the club. I told him he was only the second Indian to join the club after 49 years. I wished him luck and told him that this is just the beginning. I hope he goes on to score many more centuries.”

Shaw too was glad he met Viswanath. “It was a dream come true to meet GR Viswanath sir, who is a legend of the game,” he said.