Indian cricket should be generous enough to former player and a legend himself, Rahul Dravid, for the contribution he had made during his days at the crease and now as a coach, mentoring young talent, an investment towards the future of the game in the country. Prithvi Shaw, another student of Dravid from the junior level, made his debut for the senior team in Test cricket on Thursday (October 4), against West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot. And he burst into the limelight with a stunning century en route to his knock of 134 runs. After the end of day's play, he revealed how Dravid's contribution helped him through.
Shaw was a sensation with his record-tumbling performances in school-level before he notched it up a level higher tp domestic cricket in Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy and finally earning a role to lead the U-19 India team to World Cup glory under the guidance of Dravid. Shaw continued through with his performance in India A level as well, before he finally earned a call-up for the last two Tests in England. Although he did not feature in either game, Shaw was announced in the playing XI for the Windies Test at Rajkot a day ahead of the opener.
And living it up to all the buzz, he scored a maiden Test century to once again stumble a plethora of records, as well as stitch a remarkable 206-run stand alongside Chesteshwar Pujara to put India to a stronghold position of 364 for four at stumps on day 1.
Shaw became associated with Dravid two years before the Under-19 World Cup and it continued all the way to the India A level as well. Recalling his time under the great one after his memorable 134-run knock, Shaw said, "It was a huge contribution because when we were going for the Under-19 World Cup. From that 2 years ago, we were practicing with Rahul Sir. There were plenty of practice sessions. A lot of practice matches were played. We had started preparing for the World Cup two years ago. His big contribution is also because he did not have any negative (negative) with any player. Always be positive, whether it is practice sessions or practice games. He got a lot of experience from them When we went to play in New Zealand, he was well aware of the conditions that how the wicket behaves. He played a lot of cricket there. They shared a lot of things with us. It was a huge contribution to theirs."