Shaw’s Ton Proves India Can Indeed Benefit from Moving on

Ruben Holloway
October 5, 2018

Shaw, just 18, made his global debut on in the ongoing first Test between India and the Windies. Prithvi also got the opportunity to bat with his skipper Virat Kohli in his very first match.

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.

The right-handed Shaw struck 19 fours off 154 deliveries while Pujara, also right-handed, faced 130 balls and counted 14 fours in chalking up his 19th half-century in his 63rd Test.

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He put on a 206 run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara for the second wicket. In the third session, Kohli and Rahane stitched a 105-run stand to take the team past 300.

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.

At just 18 years and 329 days old, Shaw only needed 99 balls to notch his maiden Test century with an impressive knock. To top that, the man who replaced Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, emulated the belligerent southpaw with a flashy, jaw-dropping hundred on debut at Rajkot on Thursday.

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Shaw, however, continued batting with confidence and his first boundary came in the second over bowled by Keemo Paul, another back foot punch towards the point boundary. Subsequently, Shaw offered an easy return catch to leggie Devendra Bishoo trying to play against the turn. The Mumbai lad reached the milestone in just 56 balls.

But at 337 in 84 overs, Roston Chase dismissed Rahane. The right-hander reviewed in desperation but replays showed the ball hitting middle stump.

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