18-year-old Prithvi Shaw scores century on Test debut
PRITHVI Shaw has become the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut, after bringing up his ton after lunch on Day 1 against the West Indies at Rajkot.
The teenager hit 15 boundaries on his way to a blistering 99-ball century during the first Test of the series.
At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw is the seventh youngest centurion in Test cricket history and the second youngest Indian centurion, only behind Sachin Tendulkar.
After opening partner Lokesh Rahul was dismissed in the opening over of the match for a duck, Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara solidified, the 2nd-wicket partnership reaching 150 and growing.
Shaw made his first-class debut for Mumbai in January 2017; he averages 56.72 with the bat in first-class cricket, including seven centuries with a high score of 188.
In the first innings, India are 1-176 in the first innings after 33 overs.
Shaw’s feat sent social media into overdrive.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted “India have another superstar that has arrived on the scene”.
While one of India’s finest batsmen, VVS Laxman, wrote Shaw has a “bright future”.