India's teen batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw plunders West Indies on test debut

India's teen batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw plunders West Indies on test debut

India's teen batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw plunders West Indies on test debut

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"From the smaller age I used to play a lot of school cricket, 30 or 35 school games in a year", said Shaw, who had once scored a record 546 runs in school cricket.

West Indies, already without Kemar Roach after the pace spearhead returned home due to a family bereavement, suffered a further setback when captain Jason Holder was ruled out with an ankle injury.

He reached his half-century off 56 deliveries and was unbeaten on 75 off 74 deliveries at lunch as India reached 133 for one, with Pujara on 56.

He became the second youngest Indian to score a maiden hundred after Sachin Tendulkar (17 years, 112 days) in 1990 against England.

If Kohli gets 49 more, he'll become the first Indian batsman to score more than 1000 runs in three consecutive calendar years. 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.

His immediate success in the test arena justified the selectors' move to build for the future.

The day 1 of the first Test belonged to India and that too by some distance.

With the selectors looking ahead, it's up to the likes of Shaw, Agarwal and KL Rahul to seal their spots at the top of the Indian batting order ahead of the much-anticipated tour to Australia. India lead the table with 115 points.

He drove paceman Keemo Paul on the up through covers to reach triple figures off 99 balls, becoming the fourth youngest to score a hundred on debut. I wanted to make this opportunity count. "It was a good challenge for me and I think I did well", he added. "I needed to be more careful as there were only 10 minutes left before tea".

Shaw and Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket as the tourists were sent on a leatherhunt for large parts of the second 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.

Kohli and Pant, 19 not out, handled the attack to stumps on day one of the first test.

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