Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Prithvi Shaw slams hundred on Test debut

Prithvi Shaw slams hundred on Test debut

There is plenty of excitement around the two-Test series despite India starting as the overwhelming favourites to complete a whitewash of the West Indies, thanks to some bold selection calls from the host nation.

The stage was ideal for Shaw. Holder injured his ankle during the preparatory camp in Dubai, and in his absence, opener Kraigg Brathwaite was handed over the captaincy for the second time in Tests.

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.

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. Overall, he's the seventh youngest batsman in test cricket to achieve this feat.

India opener Lokesh Rahul was out in the first over for a duck, but Shaw and Pujara cruised, putting on 206 runs together.

His immediate success in the test arena justified the selectors' move to build for the future. As Shikhar Dhawan isn't included in team, Mumbai teen Prithvi Shaw will open with KL Rahul.

Shaw earned a reputation as a batting prodigy.

"I was thinking about my father (after reaching the hundred)", he said. This first century is all for him. "It was a good challenge for me and I think I did well", he added. "I needed to be more careful as there were only 10 minutes left before tea".

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However, Rishab Pant was dismissed for 92 by Devendra Bishoo. Ajinkya Rahane contributed 41 runs.

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With the knock of his 24th hundred, Kohli, who is on 103*, has surpassed former Australian Captain Steve Smith's tally of 6,199 Test runs.

Indian vice-captain Rahane though lost his cool against off-spinner Roston Chase to get caught behind in the final few overs of the day.

Kohli and Pant, 19 not out, handled the attack to stumps on day one of the first test.

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