India vs West Indies, 1st Test: In a star filled with the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane or Cheteshwar Pujara, it was young Prithvi Shaw, who stole the limelight on day one of the first Test between India and West Indies in Rajkot. The teenage sensation announced his arrival in international cricket by becoming the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut, headlining the home team’s march to 364 for four against West Indies in the series-opener in Rajkot.
Shaw (134 off 154) and Cheteshwar Pujara (86 off 130) laid the foundation for a big score with a 206-run partnership after the early loss of opener KL Rahul (0). However, apart from the ‘Shaw show’, it was the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who continued his usual business with an unbeaten half-century against the inexperienced Windies attack.
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Making a come back after taking a break from Asia Cup, Kohli took 100 deliveries to reach the half-way mark of a century. With this knock, the Delhi-born batsman overhauled former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar in this elite Test list.
Coming to the crease after the dismissal of Pujara, the Indian captain showed no urgency and slowly built his innings. During his half-century, Kohli hardly played any high-risk shot and slammed just four boundaries.
With his unbeaten knock, Kohli surpassed Gavaskar in the list of most fifty-plus scores by an Indian captain in the traditional format of the game. He has 26 fifty-plus knocks since taking over as the full-time captain of India in 2015, Kohli now stands only behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni (29) on the unique list. Kohli has been ever-dominant under favourable conditions with his last five innings standing as – 104*, 213, 243, 50, 51*(batting).