Prithvi becomes youngest Indian to score 100 on Test debut

Mae Harvey
October 5, 2018

West Indies tour of India starts on Thursday with Prithvi Shaw making his debut for the home team.

"They should look at it as an opportunity and not think of pressure, because they're very young".

By doing so, he became India's only teenage to score a half-century on Test debut. After Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket, Virat Kohli too chose to join the run-fest. Skipper Virat Kohli, on 72, and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, on 17, were batting at close of play.

Electing to bat, India were 364 for 4 at stumps. However, the departure of his senior partner hardly bothered Shaw. And the 18-year old batsman lived up to the expectations of everyone with a maiden hundred on his debut. Then came the trademark cuts, followed by wristy flicks and exquisite drives, and Shaw was up and running.

It happened when captain Virat Kohli was batting in the middle. Dominating performance by India as expected on the opening. Meanwhile, Roach had to fly back to Barbados following the death of his grandmother.

Prithvi Shaw scored at better than a run a ball before lunch on his test debut in Rajkot. He edged behind to become debutant fast bowler Sherman Lewis's maiden test wicket. While Shaw entered the triple-digit zone in no time, Pujara himself is not too far from a century.

Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, reached the historic three-figure mark off just 99 balls at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Shaw is the seventh-youngest worldwide batsman to score his first Test century.

Cheteshwar Pujara had earlier missed out on a hundred when he stroked 86 while Ajinkya Rahane chipped in with 41, as India recovered from the loss of opener KL Rahul in the first over without scoring, to collar the visitors' bowling attack.

And Shaw finally departed in the final over before the break when he tamely chipped a return catch to Bishoo. In the process, Kohli breached the fifty-run mark for the 43rd time in his Test career.

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