TheSportsRush brings The (Un)Real Interview with Prithvi Shaw, as the Indian youngster announced himself in style against the Windies.
Prithvi Shaw scored a century in his debut innings against the West Indies and announced his arrival in the international cricket. The 18-year old Indian opener was awarded Man of the Series for his fantastic performances in the test series, and has almost established his place in the side.
As Shaw takes huge steps in the world of cricket, we caught up with him to know his thoughts on his great start to his career.
Oh god, Thank you!
It is almost as if everyone has forgotten my real name! Someone called me Sehwag, someone called me Lara and someone called me Sachin. All hell broke loose yesterday, when a drunk guy came to me and said that he sees Sachin, Sehwag and Lara, all the three in me.
Who was he?
I can’t reveal his identity, of course. All I can tell you is that he is the guy who took immense pride after returning from England, just 4-1 win.
Oh. Nice pun there.
Yeah. After seeing so many repetitive puns on my surname, I have also learned the art of it.
Great. So Prithvi, how’s been the experience so far?
It was wonderful. To be honest, it all comes down to the coach. I haven’t spent a lot of time with him, but I learned a lot. He gave me the confidence to step out and perform with confidence.
Yes, Ravi Shastri can boost players’ motivation that way.
I was talking about Dravid sir.
Yes, Dravid sir called me a day before the first test. He told me to keep calm and focus. As I was getting ready to bat, Ravi sir came to me and promised me that there would be a party if I score a hundred.
Wow, so did the party happen?
Yes, the party did happen. Without me.
Wha.. oh, of course. Underage.
KL Bhaiya did nothing and even he was invited. There’s a reason I told him to block all the deliveries when we needed only 1 run to win yesterday. I deserve to at least hit the winning runs!
Of course, you do, Prithvi. What are your thoughts on playing in colored clothing?
takes out a piece of paper and starts reading
I accidentally said yesterday that I want to play the World Cup, and people speculated on social media that I know something. No, I don’t know anything.
puts the paper back into the pocket
Well, that was such a beautifully crafted, straight from the heart and absolutely honest answer.
I was talking about the U-19 World Cup in the post-match interview, which I won earlier this year.
Okay. Final question – Australian tour is coming up. What are your expectations?
I expect myself to score so much that India’s Hindi commentators invent my middle name.
What do you mean?
Prithvi do-Shaw, Prithvi teen-Shaw.
Oh. That’s.. extraordinary. Well, thank you so much Prithvi, and all the best!
(This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the autor’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner.)