A day after scoring a record 546 runs, Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) skipper Prithvi Shaw was back at the Azad Maidan yesterday morning to ensure his team won their opening Harris Shield game against St Francis D’Assisi High School.
The 14-year-old was the centre of attraction while he fielded, but it was left-arm spinner Sidak Singh’s 5-15 in the second innings that helped the Bandra team bundle out their opponents for 140 on Day Three and record a massive innings and 759-run victory.
Prithvi’s run-scoring spree on Tuesday and Wednesday overshadowed everything else in this game, but Sidak also played an important role in the first innings taking four for 26. Off spinner Azim Shaikh returned with figures of four for 20 in that innings as D’Assisi folded for a mere 92.
Yesterday, Prithvi bowled 10 overs of off-spin and got rid of Chirag Puri for 10. The feeling of achieving something so humongous has barely begun sinking in as the lad was kept busy with commitments like interviews, felicitations, meetings with dignitaries, and attending congratulatory calls.
Nevertheless, after the win, Prithvi said he doesn’t want to let the feeling of making a record stay in his mind for long. “On Wednesday, the off field activities were more taxing than my batting. But that’s part and parcel of the sport.
I went and had my favourite Chinese cuisine in Bandra and then reached home past midnight. Today, I left home at 6.30am and reached Azad Maidan at 8:00 am,” said the Santacruz resident.
Talking about the record he said, “It was a big thing for me. But I don’t want to sit and keep thinking about it. There are other tournaments that are coming up — Kanga League (over the weekend), second Harris Shield match (26-28 November), Mumbai Cricket Association Mumbai U-16 practice at BKC and other local tournaments.
I need to focus on them,” he said. The youngster had a surprise visitor in the morning in Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who presented Prithvi with a bouquet.
St Francis D’Assisi (Borivli) 92 (Azim Shaikh 4-20, Sidak Singh 4-26) and 140 (Keval Shah 44; Sidak Singh 5-15) lost to Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) 1st Innings 991 (Prithvi Pankaj Shaw 546, Satyalaksh Jain 164; Varun Abhyankar 5-212).