Prithvi Shaw made history on Thursday by becoming the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut. Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, reached the historic three-figure mark off just 99 balls against the Windies on Day 1 of the opening Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. The previous record for the youngest half-centurion for India on debut was held by Abbas Ali Baig, who at the age of 20 years 131 days, scored a half-century against England in Manchester in 1959.
Meanwhile, Prithvi is also the third-fastest centurion on Test debut
Meanwhile, Prithvi is also the third-fastest centurion on Test debut. India’s southpaw Shikhar Dhawan remains the fastest in this club with an 85-ball hundred against Australia in 2013 at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. And West Indian cricketer Dwayne Smith (93 deliveries) pulled off the same feat against South Africa in Cape Town in 2004.
Prithvi, however, has also become the seventh-youngest Test centurion. Back in 2001, Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful (17 years, 61 days) became the youngest ever to achieve this feat against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Next on the list is Pakistan’s Mushtaq Mohammad (17 years, 78 days), who pulled this off back in 1961 against India in Delhi. Sachin Tendulkar (17 years, 78 days), Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza (17 years, 352 days), Pakistan’s Imran Nazir (18 years, 154 days) and Saleem Malik (18 years, 323 days) are the rest of the batsmen in this elite club.
India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch with a green tinge. India got off to a nightmare start, losing KL Rahul for a duck in the very first over of the match. However, Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara made sure there were no more trouble for India with the duo batting brilliantly to take India to 133 for one at lunch on Day 1.
Riding on a historic ton from opener Prithvi Shaw
Riding on a historic ton from opener Prithvi Shaw, India reached 232 runs for the loss of three wickets against the Windies at tea on Day 1 of the first Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday. Slamming his maiden century off just 99 deliveries, Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut. After a terrific batting display in the morning, Shaw continued his dominance with the bat in the second session, taking the Windies bowling attack to the cleaners. After scoring at a brisk pace in the morning session, the Indian batsmen continued the run flow, scoring 99 runs in the post-lunch session. Cheteshwar Pujara and Prithvi Shaw stitched a mammoth 206-run partnership for the second wicket before Pujara (86) played a loose shot to give Sherman Lewis his maiden Test wicket. Towards the end of the session, Shaw (134) too was dismissed, lobbing a simple return catch to Devendra Bishoo. The Windies bowlers managed to pick up two wickets in the second session. Skipper Virat Kohli (4*) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (0*) were at the crease when umpires called for the tea break.
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Live updates between India vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 1, straight from Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
15:48 IST: FOUR! Devendra Bishoo bowls it short, Ajinkya Rahane rocks on to the back-foot and punches the ball through the cover region to collect a boundary. Brilliant timing and placement on that one from Rahane. IND 292-3 after 71.1 overs.
15:43 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Virat pushes the ball in the covers to pick up a single and India now have 282 runs on the board for the loss of three wickets.
15:39 IST: Another tidy over from Keemo Paul comes to an end. The Windies bowlers have bowled some tight here overs after the drinks break. The session run rate (2.71 rpo) has been on the slower side for India. Both Paul and Devendra Bishoo have kept things tight. IND 278-3 after 68 overs.
15:29 IST: Tidy over from Devendra Bishoo after the drinks break. Just two runs from it. Keemo Paul will continue from the other end. IND 273-3 after 65 overs.
15:22 IST: Drinks break – India have 271 runs on the board for the loss of three wickets. Virat Kohli is batting 29 on alongside Ajinkya Rahane on 13 runs.
15:14 IST: FOUR! Driven beautifully straight down the ground. Ajinkya Rahane is now looking confident at the centre. Straight drive off Shannon Gabriel earns him his first boundary of the match. Great timing on that one from Rahane. IND 269-3 after 62 overs.
15:09 IST: Both Virat Kohli (28) and Ajinkya Rahane (9) are looking to rotate strike at the moment. Four runs from Devendra Bishoo’s 22nd over. IND 255-3 after 61 overs.
14:57 IST: Tight start from Shannon Gabriel in the final session. Just two runs from his first over. Devendra Bishoo will continue from the other end. IND 255-3 after 58 overs.
14:52 IST: Bowling change for Windies. Shannon Gabriel comes back to replace Sherman Lewis. IND 253-3 after 57 overs.
14:47 IST: 250 comes up India! Ajinkya Rahane takes a single towards the point region and 250 comes up for the team in 55.4 overs. Virat Kohli is batting on 18 alongside Ajinkya Rahane on 4 runs.
14:45 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli opens the face of the bat and times the ball to perfection. Miss-field from Shannon Gabriel at long-off and the ball reaches the fence in to time. IND 248-3 after 55.1 overs.
14:41 IST: Tight over from Sherman Lewis comes to an end. Just two runs from it. IND 242-3 after 54 overs.
14:31 IST: FOUR! Terrific shot from the Indian skipper. Juicy half volley from Sherman Lewis and Virat Kohli hits the ball straight down the ground to collect his first boundary of the match. IND 236-3 after 51.1 overs.
14:30 IST: Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle for the final session on Day 1. Sherman Lewis will start the proceedings for Windies.
Tea Break – India have 232 runs on the board for the loss of three wickets.