Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts India on top

05 October, 2018, 10:28 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • It’s the Shaw Show Twitter hails Prithvi Shaw’s impressive century on Test debut

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.

Overall, Shaw is the 106th player to score a century on Test debut and is the first since Ireland's Kevin O'Brien against Pakistan earlier this year.

If India is banking on the "tinge of green", West Indies also has the likes of Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder, who could certainly prove effective on a tad bouncy surface.

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

Prithvi Shaw will be making his Test debut when India take [VIDEO] on Windies in the first of the two Tests starting on October 4, 2018.

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However, West Indies have improved in the recent times. Even after losing the wicket of KL Rahul in the very first over, India is a wonderful situation right now, thanks to Prithvi Shaw and Cheteswara Pujara. Holder injured his ankle during the preparatory camp in Dubai, and in his absence, opener Kraigg Brathwaite was handed over the captaincy for the second time in Tests. Shaw reached his hundred off just 99 balls to surpass the record of Abbas Ali Baig. If the conditions are pacer friendly, India would want to give Shardul Thakur a Test debut and slot him in the playing XI in place of the third spinner.

According to Cricbuzz, coach Stuart Law has shown enormous faith in the two young pacers: Keemo Paul and Sherman Lewis. Unfortunately, Shaw fell at the stroke of tea, in what was a soft dismissal as he chipped one straight into the hands of leggie Devendra Bishoo. Skipper Virat Kohli, on four, and Ajinkya Rahane were at the crease.

Virat Kohli hits 24th Test century against West Indies.

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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