India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for a better start as he opted to bat first on a batting-friendly track against relatively inexperienced West Indies in the first Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. However, the script was a little different this time for Team India as the 18-year old Prithvi Shaw took the centre stage and wasted no time in stamping his class in cricket’s most pristine format.
At the young age of 18 years and 329 days, Shaw reached the magical three-figure mark off just 99 balls against Windies. With this knock, he became the second youngest Indian ever to score a Test century after Sachin Tendulkar who cracked a ton at 17 years and 107 days in 1990 vs England in Manchester.
Mumbai Police tweeted a funny message in wishing fellow Mumbaikar Shaw on his debut Test century, saying “From our 100 to yours! It’s always a good start… the very best to you @PrithviShaw #Dial100”
Shaw, who was roped in the Indian squad against West Indies for the two-Test series, was also in the squad for the last two Tests against England recently. However, he didn’t get a chance to show his skills on the English soil then.
The moment arrived for Mumbai-born wunderkind when he finally got his chance at glory as he became the 293rd player to play Test cricket for India. During his knock, Shaw also became the third fastest centurion on debut and 15th Indian to achieve the feat in his debut Test.
Test cricket stalwart Pujara also scored a good looking 86 in his own backyard, but missed out on a hundred. Captain Kohli was all smiles when young Shaw raised his bat after reaching the milestone. Subsequently, Shaw was dismissed for 134 off leggie Devendra Bishoo while trying to play against the turn.