Prithvi Shaw is 14 and looks like any other schoolboy at first glance. But those who have seen him wield a cricket bat call him India’s next Sachin Tendulkar. They say he’s as natural and as powerful in his stroke play as the world’s most famous batsman was at that age. Shaw started playing when he was three, going up against people more than twice his age.
“He was shorter than the stumps he used to bat in front of,” Shaw’s father said.
The teenager plays cricket for one of Mumbai’s best school teams, trains with Tendulkar’s son Arjun at the city’s famed MIG cricket club, and is considered the next big thing in Indian cricket.
Shaw is one of the three Indians whose lives are captured in “Beyond All Boundaries,” a documentary that tells the story of an India that works hard and plays harder.
Sushrut Jain, a U.S.-based filmmaker, worked on the documentary for four months before and during India’s 2011 World Cup campaign. He said he wanted to tell the stories of Indians and their aspirations, with cricket in the background.