Prithvi Shaw becomes Indias youngest debut century-maker

Ruben Holloway
October 5, 2018

Prithvi Shaw made debut in the worldwide cricket with the first test match against and as it was expected like his career, he again made a century in his debut match.

Shaw is the seventh youngest global batsman to score his first Test century. He is the 293rd cricketer to represent India in Test cricket and at the age of 18 years 329 days Shaw became India's second youngest opener after Vijay Mehra, who was 17 years 265 days at Bombay's Brabourne Stadium against the Kiwis in Dec 1955.

Opening for India, the 18-year-old Shaw scored 134 off 154 balls, hitting 19 boundaries.

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Earlier, India got off to a nightmare start, losing KL Rahul for a duck in the very first over of the match.

Shaw, who was 75 not out at lunch, reached the three figures in the afternoon session with a typical punch to the cover, the same way he got his first runs in worldwide cricket. If the conditions are pacer friendly, India would want to give Shardul Thakur a Test debut and slot him in the playing XI in place of the third spinner.

India cashed in on the weakened attack by scoring quickly and already, the Windies face a long road back into the match, heading into Friday's day two.

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.

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However, Rishab Pant was dismissed for 92 by Devendra Bishoo.

With tea beckoning, West Indies struck twice to temporarily stall India's progress.

Subsequently, skipper Virat Kohli Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane built on it with a century stand, but only one of them made it to stumps.

In the morning, Shaw, who became the 293rd cricketer to represent India in Tests, showed supreme confidence from ball one, on which he offered a watchful leave.

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