Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

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

Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw inspects the wicket during a practice session before the first test match against West Indies in Rajkot Prithvi Shaw was assured of Test debut on eve of first test against West Indies
| 05 October, 2018, 08:42

Along the way, Shaw had also become the youngest Indian to score a half-century on Test debut.

Rajkot: India captain Virat Kohli is all set to return to the cricket field as his team take on West Indies in the first of the two Tests here on Thursday. Shaw (134 off 154) and Cheteshwar Pujara (86 off 130) laid the foundation for a big score with a 206-run partnership after the early loss of K L Rahul (0).

On 232 for three at tea, India subdued the Windies in the final session thanks to a 105-run, fourth-wicket stand between the enterprising Kohli and Rahane.

India had elected to bat in the first of the two Tests.

Other Indian luminaries lined up to tweet his praise including former Test batsman VVS Laxman, who said Shaw had a "bright future" in the game. Barring Gabriel, the other bowlers failed to hit the right line and length to Shaw and that allowed the young batsman to play to his strength.


At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw reached the milestone off just 99 balls, adding to a host of records he holds in his blossoming career.

Pujara also played an uncharacteristically quick knock as he brought up fifty off 67 deliveries, but missed out on his hundred after being caught behind off debutant paceman Sherman Lewis.

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.

Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan managed just 162 runs in eight innings in seaming English conditions and was then dropped ahead of the West Indies series. Kemar Roach returned home for the funeral of his grandmother, and captain Jason Holder withdrew because of an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Shaw who played only 14 First-Class matches prior to his Test debut, became the least experienced "batsman" to make Test debut for India since Sachin (9 FC matches).

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