It is no secret that sub-continent teams never shy away from giving youngsters a chance to prove themselves at the international arena. India is no exception. Every now and then, a teenager manages to impress the national selectors through strong domestic performances and the next thing you know, he is included in the national squad - be it Tests, ODIs or T20Is.
One man who knows a thing or two about a teenager playing for the national side is Sachin Tendulkar. The cricket legend had made his Test debut as a 16-year-old against Pakistan in 1989 and went on to play 200 Test matches. No wonder, Sachin is convinced that if India's two newest teenage batting sensations - Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill, enjoy their cricketing careers, they will be very successful in times to come.
In an interview to TimesofIndia.com, Tendulkar has spoken about Prithvi and Shubman and how he sees a lot of potential in both the young cricketers.
"I've spoken about Prithvi earlier as well, having watched him bat in the nets as a little boy, all of 8-9 years of age, he had something special even back then. I knew instantly that he would play for India. Shubman played a crucial role in last year’s U-19 World Cup and has had a good domestic season, so both of them (Prithvi and Shubman) have a lot of potential. Having said that, these boys have just started playing for India and they should enjoy their cricket," the legend opined.
Prithvi made his Test debut in October 2018 and Shubman earned a maiden call-up for the ODI series against New Zealand which India won 4-1. Shaw has scored 237 runs in two Tests so far. He is the youngest Indian (18 years and 329 days) to score a Test century on debut and the second youngest Indian overall, after Sachin Tendulkar (17 years 107 days) to score a Test century.
Shubman, meanwhile, after an impressive outing in the 2018-19 Ranji season, where he scored 728 runs in 5 matches, was called-up for the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand as a replacement for then-suspended KL Rahul.
The two youngsters are lucky to have gotten advice from none other than Sachin Tendulkar, someone who started very early and continued to torment the bowling attacks all over the world well into his forties.