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Prithvi Shaw cracks maiden triple ton, breaks numerous records

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Guwahati: Mumbai’s Prithvi Shaw roared back to form in a breathtaking fashion against Assam in the Ranji Trophy match after he hammered his first triple century from just 326 runs, and broke numerous records in the domestic format.

Shaw became the second highest individual score in Ranji Trophy history, behind BB Nimbalkar who had scored an unbeaten 443 for Maharashtra against Saurashtra in the 1948–49 season.

The opening batsman also broke Sanjay Manjrekar’s 32-year-old record of 377 runs to become the highest individual scorer for Mumbai in the tournament’s history. Prithvi scored 379 runs from 382 balls during his stay at the crease.

The Mumbaikar also broke the batting records of legendary Indian batsmen Sunil Gavaskar, Cheteshwar Pujara and VVS Laxman. Pujara had scored 352 for Saurashtra against Karnataka in the 2012-13 season of the Ranji Trophy, whereas Laxman made 353 for Hyderabad against Karnataka in the 1999-2000 season.

The triple century has sent a strong statement to the selectors, who are yet to announce the Indian squad for the upcoming white-ball series against New Zealand and Test series against Australia.

Until today, Shaw was running poor form as he could manage scores of 13, 6, 19, 4, 68, 35, and 15, in four Ranji matches he has played so far this season. Shaw’s blazing triple hundred has certainly done enough to catch selectors’ attention.

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