Prithvi Shaw makes second-highest Ranji Trophy score of all time

He scored a 383-ball 379, ending a run of poor form in the tournament this season


Prithvi Shaw's 379 is the highest Ranji Trophy score in the 21st century




Prithvi Shaw has made the second-highest Ranji Trophy score of all time. The opener, resuming on an overnight score of 240, began the second day of Mumbai's Group B match against Assam in ominous manner, scoring 139 runs off 99 balls before he was out for 379.
Bhausaheb Nimbalkar, who scored an unbeaten 443 for Maharashtra against Kathiawar back in December 1948, continues to hold the record for the highest Ranji Trophy score and the highest first-class score by an Indian batter. Shaw, however, has now moved up to No. 2 on both those lists.





On Wednesday, Shaw became the ninth batter to go past 350 in a Ranji innings, and went past Swapnil Gugale (351*), Cheteshwar Pujara (352), VVS Laxman (353), Samit Gohel (359*), Vijay Merchant (359*), MV Sridhar (366) and Sanjay Manjrekar (377). Just when he seemed poised to hurtle past 400 and beyond, though, he was lbw to the legspinner Riyan Parag in what turned out to be the last over before lunch.
Shaw dominated all three partnerships he was involved in, scoring 75 out of a first-wicket stand of 123 with Musheer Khan, 42 out of a second-wicket stand of 74 with Armaan Jaffer, and 262 out of the 401 he put on with Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane for the third wicket.

The innings ended a run of poor form for Shaw, who had begun the Ranji season with only one fifty in his first seven innings, and potentially brought him back into the reckoning for an India spot. Shaw, who has played five Tests, six ODIs and one T20I, last played for India in July 2021, during a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka.
In an interview with Sportstar at the end of day one, Shaw had spoken about the challenges of managing expectations and dealing with criticism.
"I have realised that whenever you score runs, you are on top of the world," he said. "But when you don't score then people will come after you. Expectations kaafi rehte hai [there are quite a lot of expectations] when you score regularly, so when you suddenly get out early in three or four innings, people start thinking 'yaar, yeh hai woh hai [people start questioning you].'



"Only you know whether you are following the process, or whether you are being disciplined more than before, are you sleeping on time, eating well before a game. All those things matter. I am just trying to follow those things and I am trying to spend time alone as much as possible. I cut out the outside noise - be it on social media or in other platforms.
"I try to avoid those things or at times, just ask my manager to handle social-media activities. I have brand commitments, and that's why it is not possible to stay away from social media, and thus, you eventually end up seeing what's being written or spoken about. But I am still trying to cut out the noise as much as possible.
"People are talking about you and then will continue doing the same even after 10 years, so you should not think too much about it, because if you start reading too much between the lines, you will be affecting yourself."