The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw became an overnight sensation after starring on his Test debut with a maiden century against West Indies in Rajkot. The youngster's contribution proved to be instrumental as India registered an emphatic victory of 287 runs and an innings over the visitors in the first Test.
The talented batsman continued his outstanding form with scores of 70 and 33 in the second Test, which India won to sweep the series 2-0. The youngster looked in fine touch against the West Indian bowlers, displaying immense composure in the three innings he played, and was rightly awarded the Man of the Series for his brilliant showing.
The Mumbai lad's classic strokeplay didn't go unnoticed as he earned praises from several prominent figures in the cricket fraternity. With many dubbing Prithvi Shaw to be the next big thing in Indian cricket, the youngster, has however chosen to stay grounded.
His unique skill set has seen comparisons drawn with some of the greatest batsmen to have graced the game which includes the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag. Although those comments might have flattered the young batsman, but Prithvi Shaw appears to be not satisfied after his dream debut as he strives to be the 'best among best'.
Prithvi Shaw posted a picture on his social media with the caption: Just reaching here is never going to be Enough.... To be the Best among the best is what I always strive for#manoftheseries #champions
Meanwhile, the home series against the West Indies has proved to be quite fruitful for the Indian players with Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant surging upwards, while skipper Virat Kohli maintained his numero uno position in the latest ICC rankings.
It was a series where youngsters took center-stage and left their mark with great panache. It goes without saying that Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw were India's stand-out players. After a brilliant debut showing, Prithvi Shaw was rewarded with a gain of 13 slots after he entered the rankings in 73rd place after his debut. The talented young batsman now sits at 60th place. As for Risabh Pant, he would be deriving satisfaction from the rankings gain after failing to overcome the nerves of the nervous nineties twice during the Test series against West Indies.