Shaw’s Ton Proves India Can Indeed Benefit from Moving on

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Prithvi Shaw made debut in the worldwide cricket with the first test match against and as it was expected like his career, he again made a century in his debut match. With this feat, he also became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut for India in Tests.

The diminutive right-hander becomes India's second youngest century-maker after Sachin Tendulkar, who in 1990 was 17 years and 112 days when he made 119 not out against in England in Manchester during his ninth Test appearance.

West Indies last won a Test match in India in 1984.

Prithvi Shaw scored at better than a run a ball before lunch on his test debut in Rajkot.


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.

Kraigg Brathwaite, who is standing as captain after Jason Holder suffered a last-minute ankle injury, juggled his bowlers who often looked toothless.

Shaw and Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket as the tourists were sent on a leatherhunt for large parts of the second session.

He was out trying to drive legspinner Devendra Bishoo but only chipping straight back to the bowler. Shaw reached his hundred off just 99 balls to surpass the record of Abbas Ali Baig.


Cheteshwar Pujara had earlier missed out on a hundred when he stroked 86 while Ajinkya Rahane chipped in with 41, as India recovered from the loss of opener KL Rahul in the first over without scoring, to collar the visitors' bowling attack.

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.

On 232 for three at tea, India subdued the Windies in the final session thanks to a 105-run, fourth-wicket stand between the enterprising Kohli and Rahane.

Shaw's hundred is a massive one for India in two respects - one, it breaks the kind of monopoly that the Vijay-Dhawan pair enjoyed and two, it shows that India can benefit from moving on from tried and tested options.


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