Prime News, International and National Sport, Cricket, Rajkot, October 4:- At 18 years and 329 days, Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian and the fourth-youngest overall to score a century on Test debut, against the West Indies in Rajkot on Thursday.
Along the way, Shaw had also become the youngest Indian to score a half-century on Test debut. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Parthiv Patel were younger than Shaw when they got their maiden Test half-centuries, but not on debut. Shaw is now the seventh youngest player in Test cricket history to score a hundred on debut.
Shaw also became the fifth youngest opener to a score a 50 on Test debut behind – Hanif Mohammad, Jeff Stollmeyer, Tamim Iqbal and Imran Farhat. He is the third youngest to score a Test fifty for India behind Sachin Tendulkar and Parthiv Patel and ahead of the likes of Ravi Shastri and Dinesh Karthik.
Shaw who became the 293rd cricketer to represent India in Tests, showed supreme confidence from ball one, on which he offered a watchful leave.
With his scintillating hundred on debut, Shaw has joined the likes of famous Indian batsmen – Lala Amarnath, Deepak Shodhan, AG Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Vishwanath, Surender Amarnath, Mohammad Azharuddin, Pravin Amre, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma.
Electing to bat, India were 200/1 in their first innings at 1.30 pm on the opening day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies here Thursday. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)