Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

05 October, 2018, 12:58 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Prithvi becomes youngest Indian to score 100 on Test debut

Teenager Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut as the hosts reached 232-3 at tea on day one of the first match against West Indies on Thursday.

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. Skipper Virat Kohli, on four, and Ajinkya Rahane were at the crease.

Besides Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara also scored a good looking 86 in his own backyard but missed out on a hundred.

After all, Prithvi Shaw had become the youngest player to score a hundred on Duleep Trophy debut in 2017.

Shaw steered the team to 180/1 just after the lunch break. Gabriel trapped his opening partner Rahul in front with a sharp incoming delivery to give the West Indies an early breakthrough.

Shaw reached his hundred off just 99 deliveries in the second session on day one.

. The right-hander reviewed in desperation but replays showed the ball hitting middle stump. Subsequently, Shaw offered an easy return catch to leggie Devendra Bishoo trying to play against the turn.

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. Their troubles had mounted even before the start of the game as Holder pulled out with an ankle injury, giving Kraigg Brathwaite a chance to lead the team.

When India announced a 15-member squad for the two Tests, it was clear that the management was looking at this series as a preparatory pad for the upcoming Australia tour.

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