Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts India on top

Marcus Newton
October 5, 2018

Teenager Prithvi Shaw became the seventh youngest test centurion on day one of the series-opener against the West Indies at Rajkot after he took 99 balls to score his century.

With the achievement, Shaw became the fourth youngest player to score a hundred on debut and the youngest ever Indian.

Prithvi Shaw first grabbed the attention of the world as a 14-year-old when he 546 off 330 balls for Rizvi-Springfield against D'Assisi High School in the Harris Shield tournament of 2013-14.

While West Indies, the team will be led by Jason Holder who will look to send a strong message to the host of not taking them lightly.

Prithvi Shaw scored at better than a run a ball before lunch on his test debut in Rajkot.

But the day belonged to Shaw, a diminutive right-handed opener and Indian Premier League star for the Delhi Daredevils, as he and Cheteshwar Pujara put on a 206-run second wicket partnership.

The opposition attack was far from threatening but due credit must be given to Shaw, who batted like a seasoned campaigner in his first match for India. Ajinkya Rahane contributed 41 runs.

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However, West Indies have improved in the recent times.

While their pacers, including captain Holder, Kemar Roach, and Shanon Gabriel, have impressed their batting has stood up with the likes of Kraig Brathwaite, Roston Chase, and Shane Dowrich scoring heavily at home. Unfortunately, Shaw fell at the stroke of tea, in what was a soft dismissal as he chipped one straight into the hands of leggie Devendra Bishoo.

Shaw, a diminutive right-hander, reached his 50 in a quickfire 56 deliveries.

Meanwhile, Pujara poked at a wide ball and fell for 86 off 130 balls, giving fast bowler Sherman Lewis his first test wicket.

Kohli, who is the world's number one Test batsman, got to his half-century against Bishoo and was getting more risky with each passing ball.

With the knock of his 24th hundred, Kohli, who is on 103*, has surpassed former Australian Captain Steve Smith's tally of 6,199 Test runs.

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