RAJKOT: Indian cricket has a new star after Prithvi Shaw became the country's youngest batsman to score a century on debut during Thursday's Test against the West Indies.
Opting to bat first at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, India marched to 364 for four at the close, with the 18-year-old Shaw belting a superb 134 and captain Virat Kohli ominously poised on an unbeaten 72.
The 18-year-old Shaw, who was chosen ahead of uncapped Mayank Agarwal and one-Test-old Hanuma Vihari from the 15-man squad, is expected to open alongside Lokesh Rahul.
India's Prithvi Shaw celebrates after scoring fifty runs on the first day of the first cricket test against West Indies. Skipper Virat Kohli said that team India is confident and will look to set benchmark with this series. "Looking at the World Cup I think these things are very important to consider, to give players ample rest and opportunity to train well and come back stronger". "I was just thinking that it's another game for me and then it just happened", said Shaw.More news: Damon Wayans Quitting Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’
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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. "It was a good challenge for me and I think I did well", he added. 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.
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 used to play 30-35 school games in a year, and played a lot of (first-class) Ranji (Trophy) cricket as well. Kemar Roach returned home for the funeral of his grandmother, and captain Jason Holder withdrew because of an ankle injury. 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 third session, Kohli and Rahane stitched a 105-run stand to take the team past 300.
India raced to 232-3 at tea, managing another 132 runs in the evening session's 38 overs with Kohli and Rahane batting cautiously.