<div class="img-caption-wrap img-caption-wrap-left"> <img alt="Prithvi Shaw told teammates not to tell him his personal score on his way to 546 against St Francis" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131120201301.jpg" title="Prithvi Shaw told teammates not to tell him his personal score on his way to 546 against St Francis" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:290px;"> Prithvi Shaw scored 546 for Rizvi Sprinfield against St Francis. Photo courtesy: DNA</p> </div> <strong>Mumbai: Nov 20, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Call it superstition or the Mumbai school of batsmanship which teaches one to put team before self, 15-year-old <a href="/tags/Prithvi-Shaw/post" target="_blank">Prithvi Shaw</a> had categorically told his teammates not to prompt his personal score, which is why he didn't know that he reached 490s during his <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Prithvi-Shaw-makes-history-by-scoring-546-in-school-cricket-match/34088" target="_blank">knock of 546</a>.<br /> <br /> "I didn't know when I was in the 490s because I told my teammates not to tell me my score. I was batting well and I wanted to play my natural game. Once I reached 500, my teammates told me and cheered for me," the 14-year-old ninth standard student of <a href="/tags/Rizvi-Springfield/post" target="_blank">Rizvi Springfield</a> told reporters after his record-breaking knock against <a href="/tags/St-Francis-Borivali/post" target="_blank">St Francis Borivali</a>.<br /> <br /> Asked about his favourite cricketer and youngster said it was none other than <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a>.<br /> <br /> "Because he is humble and I like his square cut and pull shot," said Prithvi.<br /> <br /> What really surprised him was the presence of the media at the ground.<br /> <br /> "I wasn't expecting so much of media people over here," Prithvi said while talking to the reporters at the Azad Maidan after the day's play got over.<br /> <br /> Asked about his favourite shot, pat came the reply, "Cover drive."<br /> <br /> Queried on how he planned his innings, Prithvi said, "I was totally blank when I went in today. There were no specific plans. Just concentrated on playing the singles and twos and waited for the loose deliveries."<br /> <br /> Asked about the opposition bowling attack, he tried to answer like pros do but ended up being what he is -- a sweet little teenager.<br /> <br /> "They had some good bowlers and fielders but at the same time they bowled a lot of loose balls during my batting. They dropped some catches. It wasn't easy for them out there. Some of them were diving catches. To keep my hydration going, I drank lots of water," he said.<br /> <br /> The Mumbai U-16 captain started cricket in Virar when he was just four years old.<br /> <br /> "When I was four, I started playing cricket. My father didn't know about cricket. Then one of my father's friend advised him to take me to a coaching camp. It was based in Virar. I earlier used to stay in Virar and I was coached by Santosh Pingulkar. Now I train under Raju Pathak and also at the MIG," Prithvi stated.<br /> <br /> Unlike boys of his age, who are playing in D division onwards in Mumbai's famous <a href="/tags/Kanga-League/post" target="_blank">Kanga League</a>, Prithvi has already played in the A division and scored a century.<br /> <br /> "I was very happy to score a hundred in the A division because it wasn't easy to play against those guys. I managed to keep my patience and hit the loose balls over there. I played few games before that and wasn't having a good time there. I was getting out after scoring 30s and 40s."<br /> <br /> The 14-year-old admitted that playing in England helped improving his technique a lot.<br /> <br /> "Over there I gained a lot of experience. It was not easy playing there due to the cold climate but still I managed over there. I was playing lot of matches and the coaches would tell me to play the correct cricketing shots."<br /> <br /> He used to travel 70 kms daily from Virar to come to the city for practice and for playing matches, but now Prithvi and his father live in a one-room rented apartment in Santacruz.<br /> <br /> His father has a small garment business.<br /> <br /> Prithvi's cricketing needs are taken care by <a href="/tags/Sunil-Gavaskar/post" target="_blank">Sunil Gavaskar</a>'s Professional Management Group (PMG), which gives him a monthly stipend.<br /> <br /> "We provide a monthly stipend that takes care of his education, cricket coaching, equipments, proper diet. He has a contract with SG which supplies him with cricket bats," said COO of PMG, Nelroy D'Souza.<br /> <br /> Now that he has been named the captain of the Mumbai U-16 squad, he feels there will be a "lot of responsibility" on him as he has to carry on doing well.<br /> <br /> His height — five feet one inch — is a problem, feel many, but the youngster isn't bothered.<br /> <br /> "My height doesn't matter as I want to keep playing my natural game," he said.