Indian Cricket Sensation Reaps Rewards of CHS Visit
Despite the recent retirement of the great Sachin Tendulkar, the future of Indian cricket appears bright, as Cheadle Hulme School’s young visiting protégé has become a record breaker, slamming 546 runs in a schoolboy match in Mumbai.
Prithvi Shaw, who spent four months at the leading independent school in Cheshire in 2012, made the batting record in India’s Harris Shield, a tournament in which Tendulkar himself first came to public attention.
Shaw attended the School as part of a pioneering educational exchange programme in which top cricketers from India are exposed to different playing conditions, educational systems and cultures.
The programme, which was piloted by the School and has now been replicated nationally, was launched by former England Universities’ cricketer and surgeon Dr Samir Pathak and CHS Teacher, Mr John Wilson.
Dr Pathak said: “Prithvi benefitted greatly from his first stint in the UK and owes much to his time at the School. Exposure to a new environment certainly brought his batting skills up a few notches. The results are there for all to see!”
Head, Lucy Pearson, whose own international cricket career saw her break a world record as she opened the bowling for the England Women’s team for nine years, said: “It was an honour to welcome Prithvi to the School, where he not only gained experience of playing cricket in different conditions but also learned about School life and culture in England through his time with a generous support network of host families.
“Sport is a wonderful medium through which to bring young people together and Prithvi and his team-mates here at CHS learnt from one another about the game and gained an understanding of its values and benefits.”
The School has hosted three Indian cricketers to date and aims to continue the programme this year. The most recent visitor was Mumbai cricketer, Khizar Dafedar who attended upon the recommendation of former Indian Test Captain and chairman of selectors, Dilip Vengsarkar.