India vs West Indies | Prithvi Shaw scores century in Test debut

It’s the Shaw Show Twitter hails Prithvi Shaw’s impressive century on Test debut

It’s the Shaw Show Twitter hails Prithvi Shaw’s impressive century on Test debut

After Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket, Virat Kohli too made a decision to join the run-fest. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Parthiv Patel were younger than Shaw when they got their maiden Test half-centuries, but not on debut.

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.

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.

He led India's fightback after they lost opener Lokesh Rahul for nought in the very first over off Shannon Gabriel.

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.

Other Indian luminaries lined up to tweet his praise including former Test batsman VVS Laxman, who said Shaw had a "bright future" in the game. In total, 15 Indian players have scored centuries on Test debut.

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Along the way, Shaw had also become the youngest Indian to score a half-century on Test debut.

Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful is the youngest debut Test centurion, followed by Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza and Pakistan's Salim Malik.

While their pacers, including captain Holder, Kemar Roach, and Shanon Gabriel, have impressed their batting has stood up with the likes of Kraig Brathwaite, Roston Chase, and Shane Dowrich scoring heavily at home. Meanwhile, Roach had to fly back to Barbados following the death of his grandmother.

Pujara also played an uncharacteristically quick knock as he brought up fifty off 67 deliveries, but missed out on his hundred after being caught behind off debutant paceman Sherman Lewis.

While India is set to go with five bowlers, questions remain whether the Rajkot wicket-which has the history of offering bucketful of runs-will help the bowlers much.

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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