Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Prithvi Shaw slams hundred on Test debut

Prithvi Shaw slams hundred on Test debut

Opening for India, the 18-year-old Shaw scored 134 off 154 balls, hitting 19 boundaries.

The diminutive right-hander becomes India's second youngest century-maker after Sachin Tendulkar, who in 1990 was 17 years and 112 days when he made 119 not out against in England in Manchester during his ninth Test appearance.

Virender Sehwag, who is well known for his cheeky posts on Twitter, showered praises on the youngster and wrote:"It's been the Shaw show". Shaw reached his hundred off just 99 balls to surpass the record of Abbas Ali Baig.

According to Cricbuzz, coach Stuart Law has shown huge faith in the two young pacers: Keemo Paul and Sherman Lewis.

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. Unfortunately, Shaw fell at the stroke of tea, in what was a soft dismissal as he chipped one straight into the hands of leggie Devendra Bishoo.

Talking about Shaw, the opener brought up his century in the 32nd over and became the youngest Indian, and fourth youngest overall to score a hundred on his debut. Virat has hit 13 Test hundreds since 2016. Jadeja taps the 5 ball towards backward point for a run.

Gabriel was clocking in the higher 140kph but that did not faze Shaw.

Cheteshwar Pujara too looked at ease at the other end and was on 74 off 100 balls when the Shaw's century came.

The teenage prodigy collected two fours off Bishoo in the 11th over and did the same to Chase in the 20th over.

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.

Their lead pacer, Kemar Roach, was already ruled out of the series opener due to a bereavement in the family.

Chesteshwar Pujara added 86 and captain Virat Kohli was 71 not out, as India notched its highest test total in a day's play against the West Indies.

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