India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw becomes second youngest Indian centurion

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Rajkot: Prithvi Shaw on Thursday became the second youngest Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (who was 17-years-old) to score a century in a Test debut, against West Indies on Day 1 of the first Test at Rajkot.

Prithvi, who opened the innings for India, reached the landmark in the 33rd over. Shaw took 99 balls to slam his maiden Test century.

The 18-year-old became the fourth youngest player to score a century on debut. Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful holds the record for scoring 114 on his debut against Sri Lanka when he was 17 years.

Ashraful is followed by Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza and Pakistan’s Saleem Malik.

The debutant is also the youngest Indian to score fifty-plus runs on Test debut for India. Shaw surpassed the record set by Abbas Ali Baig — who had scored a fifty against England in 1959 when he was 20 years and 126 days old.

Prithvi is the 106th player to score a century on Test debut and is the first since Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien against Pakistan earlier in the year. Last Indian to achieve this feat was Rohit Sharma, also against West Indies in 2013.

Earlier, Prithvi was handed his Test cap by captain Virat Kohli after India won the toss and decided to bat first.

Prithvi became the 293rd cricketer to represent India and showed supreme confidence from ball one.

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