Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

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

Along the way, Shaw had also become the youngest Indian to score a half-century on Test debut.

Shaw became India's second-youngest century maker after Sachin Tendulkar as he reached three figures early in the second session. Debutant Prithvi Shaw touched various records on his way to a stroke-filled 154-ball 134 and helped India rubber-stamp their dominance over the visiting side at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

The West Indies handed a big setback even before toss with the last-minute withdrawal of captain Jason Holder, looked ordinary at best on the field. In fact, during the only Test which was played at this ground, a lot of runs were scored by both England and India.

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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 global cricket. After Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket, Virat Kohli too made a decision to join the run-fest.

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

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

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In the final session, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 105 runs for the fourth wicket.

Shaw's hundred is a massive one for India in two respects - one, it breaks the kind of monopoly that the Vijay-Dhawan pair enjoyed and two, it shows that India can benefit from moving on from tried and tested options.

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