Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Prithvi Shaw youngest Indian to crack hundred on debut

Prithvi Shaw youngest Indian to crack hundred on debut

He along with Cheteshwar Pujara together stitched a 206-run stand for the second wicket.

Shaw became only the 15th Indian cricketer ever and the first since Rohit Sharma in 2013 to have scored a century on Test debut and also the second youngest Indian overall after Sachin Tendulkar to have scored a Test century.

Skipper Virat Kohli on 72 and R.R.Pant with 17 remained unbeaten when the stumps were drawn. Both Pujara and Shaw did not allow leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo or off-spinner Roston Chase to settle in and pounced on every bad delivery.

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. Right-arm seamer Shannon Gabriel trapped KL Rahul (nought) right in front of the stumps with a pacey in-dipper in the very first over to give Windies a fantastic start after Indian captain Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first on a placid batting surface.

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.

"I have played a lot of cricket in Ranji and it just keeps going on with so much cricket around".

Kraigg Brathwaite, who is standing as captain after Jason Holder suffered a last-minute ankle injury, juggled his bowlers who often looked toothless. Roach will be absent as he has flown back to attend a family issue and the lack of top-quality spinners is a cause for concern.

In the final session, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 105 runs for the fourth wicket. With this feat, he also became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut for India in Tests.

Meanwhile, India are in a commanding position with 239 runs on the board, losing only 3 wickets.

Kohli reached 24 Test tons in 123 innings, second fastest to the milestone after Australian great Don Bradman who clinched the same in just 66 innings.

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