Prithvi joins Enamul, Miraz in elite club
India’s 18-year-old batting sensation Prithvi Shaw has been catching attentions from everywhere. He is now only the fifth cricketer to win Man of the Series award before reaching the age of 20.
Opener Prithvi made his Test debut in Rajkot against Windies with a swashbuckling century (134 runs off 154 balls) in the first innings. India won the first Test by an innings and 272 runs inside three days. Prithvi was adjudged player of the match in his very first Test.
The right-hander carried on his form in Hyderabad Test as well. He hit brisk 53-ball 70 runs in the first innings and unbeaten 33 runs when India required only 72 runs to win in the second innings. The hosts completed a comprehensive 10-wicket win, again in three days.
India comfortably won the two-match series by 2-0 against the Caribbeans. Prithvi was named Man of the Series for scoring 237 runs at 118.5. He became the fifth teenager to receive Man of the Series award in Tests.
Pakistan’s legendary pace bowler Waqar Younis was the first achieve this fate in 1990. 15 years later, Bangladesh’s Enamul Haque Jr. joined as the second-ever when his side won their first-ever Test series against Zimbabwe.
Teenage players to get man-of-the-series award in Tests:
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Waqar’s countryman Mohammad Amir repeated in 2010. Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagged 19 wickets in the historic home series against England which they drew 1-1 in 2016. The prize arguably went to Miraz’s hands. Prithvi joined the list two years later.
Prithvi is now one of four Indian cricketers to seal Man of the Series award in debut Test series. Sourav Ganguly, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma are the previous ones before teenager Shaw.