Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

India's debutant batsman Prithvi Shaw has become the youngest Indian player to score 100 on Test debut after he scored a tremendous 134-run on the first day of the Test match against Windies.

In the process, Shaw also became the second youngest Indian to score a maiden Test ton after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

On the other hand, the Jason Holder-led West Indies side are heading into the Test series on the back of some impressive results at home.

Shaw, who is being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket, has even been named in the 12-man squad that India had announced on the eve of the first Test and is likely to make his debut on Thursday.

Earlier, India got off to a nightmare start, losing KL Rahul for a duck in the very first over of the match. 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. After Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket, Virat Kohli too chose to join the run-fest.

Sherman Lewis comes back into the attack.

However, Rishab Pant was dismissed for 92 by Devendra Bishoo. Shaw reached his hundred off just 99 balls to surpass the record of Abbas Ali Baig.

Shaw reached his half-century off 56 balls, and Pujara scored his 19th test half-century off 67 balls as the duo scored at 5.32 runs per over in the morning session.

Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who made 41, took over from Shaw with a patient 105-run partnership despite West Indies bowlers keeping a tidy line and length to check the flow of runs in the final session of play. After Rahul's dismissal, Shaw and Pujara gave the innings a move on and did not look in any sort of trouble.

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. Overall, he faced 137 balls and hit only four boundaries, not the most fluent knock by the world's No 1-ranked test batsman.

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