India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw shatters multiple records with debut Test century
Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian and fourth overall to score a century on debut as he smashed a brilliant 99-ball hundred on Day 1 of the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot on Thursday.
Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful (17 years, 61 days), Hamilton Masakadza of Zimbabwe (17years, 352 days) and Saleem Malik of Pakistan at the age of 18 years and 323 days are the youngest batsman to have scored a debut Test ton.
The 19-year-old is also the second youngest Indian batsman after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar to have scored a Test century. Batting on run-a-ball 99, the young opener leaned forward to drive a ball to drive a ball towards cover to bring-up a sensational hundred and enter the record books.
He though still fell short of Shikhar Dhawan’s 85 ball hundred against Australia, who is the fastest centurion on Test debut. Shaw lies third in the list behind Dwayne Smith, who took 93 balls to bring up his maiden ton on debut against South Africa.
Shaw is also the 15th Indian cricketer and the first since Rohit Sharma in 2013 to have scored a century on Test debut. Rohit too had scored his hundred against the West Indies.
Making his debut in Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai in 2017, Shaw slammed a century to combine with his debut century in the Duleep Trophy. His ton against the Windies thus makes him the first Indian cricketer to score a hundred on Ranji debut, Duleep Trophy debut and Test debut.
Sachin also scored a century on his Ranji and Duleep Trophy debut but had to wait for 13 matches to score his first Test century.
The historic hundred also makes the U-19 World Cup-winning captain, at 18 years and 329 days, the seventh youngest player in the history of Test cricket to have slammed a Test century.
Bangladesh’s Ashraful once again leads the list for his century against Sri Lanka in 2001. He is followed by Mushtaq Mohammad (Pakistan, 17 years and 78 days), Tendulkar (India, 17 years and 107 days), Zimbabwe skipper Masakadza, Imran Nazir (Pakistan, 18 years and 154 days) and Saleem Malik.
The opener from Mumbai also is the second youngest Indian to play Test cricket after Vijay Mehra, who made his Test debut at 17 years and 265 days against New Zealand in 1955.
India are currently placed at 255/3 and looks set for a big score with skipper Virat Kohli (21) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (6) on the crease. Shaw was dismissed for 134 off 154 balls that included 19 boundaries.
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