Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

India vs West Indies | Prithvi Shaw scores century in Test debut

India vs West Indies | Prithvi Shaw scores century in Test debut

Earlier, Opting to bat, the hosts lost K.L. Rahul for a duck in the very first over of the two-match series as Caribbean pacer Shannon Gabriel caught the Indian opener in front of the wickets.

He raced into the 90s with another pulled boundary off the ineffective Bishoo before raising three figures off just 99 balls almost three-quarters of an hour after the interval, punching Paul to cover for a couple.

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The record was previously held by Abbas Ali Baig, who at the age of 20 years 131 days, scored a half-century against England in Manchester in 1959. However, Pujara couldn't reach to his hundred as he departed for 86 runs.

"Lovely to see such an attacking knock in your first innings, @prithvishaw!". His approach and batting style was praised all over Twitter for being bold and fearless. He scored a century off 99 balls to become the third fastest cricketer to score a debut hundred.

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In the last one year, Shaw has been sensational and has forced his way into the Indian Test team by performing exceptionally well in the domestic circuit and for India A. The Mumbai batsman has a first class average of 56.72 at a strike rate of 76.69. I used to play 30-35 school games in a year, and played a lot of (first-class) Ranji (Trophy) cricket as well.

In the process, Shaw also became the second youngest Indian to score a maiden Test ton after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful is the youngest debut Test centurion, followed by Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza and Pakistan's Salim Malik. After Rahul's dismissal, Shaw and Pujara gave the innings a move on and did not look in any sort of trouble. Kemar Roach returned home for the funeral of his grandmother, and captain Jason Holder withdrew because of an ankle injury.

India raced to 232-3 at tea, managing another 132 runs in the evening session's 38 overs with Kohli and Rahane batting cautiously.

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