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Indian schoolboy Prithvi Shaw smashes 546 off 330 balls, highest score ever in cricket by a schoolboy

Mumbai, Nov 21 (): Just four days after the legendary Mumbai cricketer Sachin Tendulkar retired from 24 wonderful years of his cricket career, Prithvi Shaw has created history by smashing 546 off 330 balls for Rizvi Springfield against St Francis D’Assissi in the elite division of the Harris Shield tournament for senior schoolboys on Wednesday.

15-year old Prithvi Shaw is a Class 9 student and captain of the Mumbai Under-16 team. Playing for Rizvi Springfield School, he amassed the huge score against St Francis School in the Harris Shield.

The diminutive student celebrated the occasion as he has surpassed the previous highest score in school cricket (498) recorded by his schoolmate Armaan Jaffer, nephew of former Indian opener Wasim Jaffar, two years ago in 2010.

The 15-year-old’s innings was spread over two days after he was unbeaten on 257 on Tuesday evening. Starting Wednesday, with 257 off 167 balls (44 fours) Prithvi quickly got into top gear. In the first session alone, he slammed over 200 runs. D’Assisi bowlers were tired and in the words of Prithvi, “they gave me plenty of loose balls”.

By the time Prithvi’s innings came to an end, he had hit 85 fours, 5 sixes in 330 balls and his stay at the wicket had lasted just 367 minutes. When asked about him about his favourite cricketer, the youngster immediately said it was none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

Prithvi Shaw’s father, Pankaj, said tips of Sachin Tendulkar have helped his son pile up a record score of 546 against St Francis D’Assissi.

It was in the same Harris Shield competition that Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli struck a 664-run partnership for their school in 1988, with both batsmen returning with unbeaten triple-centuries.

The previous highest score by an Indian is 515 by Dadabhoy Havewala for BB and CI Railway vs St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, in 1933-34.

Englishman Arthur Edward Jeune Collins (628 not out at the age of 13) and Charles John Eady (566 at the age of 31) have scored more runs in a single innings in competitive cricket.

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