Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

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.

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

The now-retired Tendulkar, India's most successful batsman, was aged 17 when he scored 119 not out against England in 1990, but that was in his ninth Test match. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Parthiv Patel were younger than Shaw when they got their maiden Test half-centuries, but not on debut.

The attacking batsman from Mumbai made his debut at the age of 18 years and 329 days, and is the seventh youngest batsman in the history of Test cricket to have scored a century.

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He was not facing one of the best attacks but he gave ample evidence of his brilliance on way to a memorable hundred.

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The Mumbaikar punched the second ball he faced towards the cover boundary for a three, his first runs in worldwide cricket, easing whatever nerves left inside.

However, West Indies have improved in the recent times. The right-hander reviewed in desperation but replays showed the ball hitting middle stump.

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Shaw gathered his runs on both sides of the wicket, taking 12 from Paul's second over of the morning courtesy of three boundaries before driving the same bowler for fours through the off and leg side to move into the 40s.

While Shaw punched and drove effortlessly off pacers, he was equally comfortable against the spin duo of Bishoo and Chase.

He reached his half-century off 56 deliveries and was unbeaten on 75 off 74 deliveries at lunch as India reached 133 for one, with Pujara on 56.

The West Indians looked listless on the field as boundaries came at will for India.

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Kraigg Brathwaite, standing in as captain after Jason Holder suffered a last-minute ankle injury, juggled his bowlers but the absence of the experienced Kemar Roach and Holder was painfully evident. In less than a week's time after defending their title as the Asian Champions, they are back to Test cricket facing West Indies in a two-match series.

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