“I just stayed positive," says Shaw after big ton

Prithvi Shaw heaped praise on India Blue captain Dinesh Karthik for guiding him through his mammoth knock of 154 in the first innings of the Duleep Trophy final.

Prithvi Shaw struck a crucial knock of 154 in India Red's first innings against India Blue in the Duleep Trophy final on Monday.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

“I was told by DK bhai (Dinesh Karthik) not to play any risky shot. I did not have any specific plans but patience had to be exercised on this pitch,” said 17-year-old Prithvi Shaw, after his 154 in India Red's first innings against India Blue in the Duleep Trophy final on Monday.

Reflecting on the knock, Shaw noted, “I just stayed positive. I knew defence would be important but I also looked to dominate the bowler. My game is always aimed at taking the initiative and it worked today.”

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Shaw built his innings with support from Karthik. “He is a very positive player and I gained a lot from his guidance. This tournament has been a nice learning process for me. An important lesson learnt in this innings was to pick the ball to hit,” Shaw added.

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At 17 years and 320 days, Shaw became the second youngest player to notch up a three-figure mark in the Duleep Trophy, many years after Sachin Tendulkar created one when he was 17 years and 262 days old.

In his Ranji Trophy debut earlier this year, Shaw had slammed a century and helped Mumbai reach the final of the tournament beating Tamil Nadu by six wickets.

Shaw burst into the scene after he aggregated 546 off 330 balls at a Harris Shield school match in Mumbai, recording the third highest score in any form of cricket. It is the same tournament that brought Tendulkar into the limelight nearly three decades ago.

Shaw also displayed decent form on the tour of England recently where he played five youth ODI matches.

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