Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

Jo Caldwell
October 5, 2018

While Virat Kohli will hold the key, India will also want their lower order to come good as they target a big first-innings score on Day two of the first Test against West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.

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

Shaw, 18, also became India's second-youngest century maker after Sachin Tendulkar as he blasted his way to a century in 99 deliveries in Rajkot.

On the other hand, the Jason Holder-led West Indies side are heading into the Test series on the back of some impressive results at home. In total, 15 Indian players have scored centuries on Test debut.

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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 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.

Shaw and Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket as the tourists were sent on a leatherhunt for large parts of the second session.

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. He is still young and with time will mature as a batsman and as a cricketer so it is important that India give him enough opportunities.

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

Sherman Lewis comes back into the attack.

Kohli, who is the world's number one Test batsman, got to his half-century against Bishoo and was getting more risky with each passing ball. Skipper Virat Kohli (72 not out off 137) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (41 off 92) then took the innings forward with a 105-run stand in the final session, putting India in the driver's seat before the latter was caught behind off spinner Roston Chase.

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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