India, Jan. 24 -- Ever since the emergence of a child prodigy named Sachin Tendulkar, the Mumbai cricket fraternity takes the rapid rise of its young players seriously, and often shows up at the ground to check for themselves.

Amol Muzumdar, Wasim Jaffer, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane rose with much the same pomp, as have the latest set of Sarfaraz Khan, Armaan Jaffer and Prithvi Shaw. The extra oomph that made Tendulkar what he was has been missing in all of them, but the word from the maidans is that Shaw-in his latest, post-suspension avatar-has got people talking all over again.

It was not the number of runs, but the manner in which they were scored that captivated Tendulkar's audiences. When his bat struck leather, the sound was ...