Teenager Shaw becomes India's youngest debut century-maker

Marcus Newton
October 5, 2018

However, Shaw remained unfazed and kept playing his natural game in the company of Cheteshwar Pujara. Skipper Virat Kohli also hit a landmark ton, top-scoring with 139.

Kraigg Brathwaite, who is standing as captain after Jason Holder suffered a last-minute ankle injury, juggled his bowlers who often looked toothless.

After India opted to bat first, Prithvi opened the innings with Lokesh Rahul. He had earlier made waves by reaching three figures in his first Ranji Trophy appearance and was the youngest to hit a century on Duleep Trophy debut.

He becomes India's second youngest century-maker after Sachin Tendulkar, who in 1990 was 17 years and 107 days when he scored 119 not out against in England in Manchester, but that was in his ninth Test match.

Shaw's hundred is a massive one for India in two respects - one, it breaks the kind of monopoly that the Vijay-Dhawan pair enjoyed and two, it shows that India can benefit from moving on from tried and tested options.

More than half of his runs came through boundaries, 19 in total. Subsequently, Shaw offered an easy return catch to leggie Devendra Bishoo trying to play against the turn.

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Pujara also played an uncharacteristically quick knock as he brought up fifty off 67 deliveries, but missed out on his hundred after being caught behind off debutant paceman Sherman Lewis.

Gabriel was clocking in the higher 140kph but that did not faze Shaw.

India were dealt an early blow in the opening Test. KL Rahul was trapped leg before wicket by Shannon Gabriel. "Continue batting fearlessly", Tendulkar said on Twitter.

While Shaw punched and drove effortlessly off pacers, he was equally comfortable against the spin duo of Bishoo and Chase.

Shaw reached his hundred off just 99 deliveries in the second session on day one.


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