Go Prithvi go! Twitter erupts as Shaw slams a hundred on debut
Shaw makes his debut in Test cricket!
All eyes were set on Prithvi Shaw as India locked horns against West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot. And the young batsman didn’t disappoint anyone as he slamed a hundred in his debut Test innings.
The 18-year old batsman broke several records as he became the 293rd player to represent India in Tests.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2018
Prithvi Shaw who is all set to make his Test debut tomorrow at Rajkot @ 18 yrs-329d will become India's second youngest opener after Vijay Mehra, who was 17-265d at Bombay's Brabourne Stadium against the Kiwis in Dec 1955.#INDvWI
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 3, 2018
Shaw makes the most of his opportunity
After delivering impressive performances in domestic cricket, the Mumbai batsman found a place in India’s Test squad for the series in England. But he didn’t get any opportunity in England and had to wait till the West Indies series to make his Test debut.
However when the opportunity came, he seized it with both hands and reached to his maiden Test hundred after scoring some delightful strokes.
The right -hand batsman became the youngest Indian on Test debut to score a fifty surpassing Abbas Ali Baig. This is also the fourth-fastest fifty on debut by an Indian. Shaw made his fifty in 56 balls while Yuvraj who holds the record for fastest fifty on debut by an Indian reached the milestone in 42 balls.
Youngest to score fifty-plus runs on Test debut for India:
18y 329d – Prithvi Shaw*
20y 126d – Abbas Ali Baig
20y 276d – Gundappa Viswanath #INDvWI
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 4, 2018
Fastest fifties on Test debut for Indian players: (By balls)
42 – Yuvraj of Patiala
48 – Hardik Pandya
50 – Shikhar Dhawan
56 – PRITHVI SHAW*
59 – Lala Amarnath #INDvWI
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 4, 2018
Twitter excited to see Prithvi’s dream come true
Since he started playing cricket in Mumbai’s maidans, Prithvi Shaw was seen as a potential India player by former cricketers and analysts. He broke the record of the highest individual score in school-level cricket and then slammed a hundred in his Ranji debut.
Prithvi Shaw's mini timeline #INDvWI
14 yrs – Scores 546 for school
17 – Makes FC debut
17 – Century in Ranji & Duleep Trophy
18 – Leads India U19 to WC title
18 – Has 5 FC 100s, plays IPL
18 years, 329 days – Set to play his maiden Test
— Moulin (@Moulinparikh) October 3, 2018
He went on to lead the India U-19 team to the world cup title and has remained prolific for India A side.
Shaw’s rise in cricket has been an inspirational story as his family and Shaw sacrificed immensely to reach to this level.
This was Prithvi Shaw in 2011. Today, he makes his debut for India. Inspirational rags to riches story. pic.twitter.com/HhftZcDUXF
— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) October 4, 2018
Here are the twitter reactions on Shaw’s crackling batting on debut against West Indies-
Hundred on Ranji debut, hundred on Duleep debut, hundred on Test debut. Know another student from that school…..
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 4, 2018
He came, he Shaw, he conquered 💯👏👏#PrithviShaw
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) October 4, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 4, 2018
Wow! An unflustered, run a ball 💯 on debut Prithvi Shaw, who's looked all at ease during his first hit. With the way he's batting, he might even go on to get a double. 100 on FC debut, 100 on test debut, U19 WC winning captain. Whaddaplaya. Sign of great things to come.
— Srini Mama 2.0 (@SriniMaama16) October 4, 2018
First ball of Test cricket Prithvi Shaw plays the most important shot in Test cricket. The leave alone.#INDvWI
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 4, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 4, 2018
🙌 PRITHVI SHAW 5⃣0⃣ 🙌
— ICC (@ICC) October 4, 2018
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 4, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 4, 2018
— Prathamesh Avachare (@onlyprathamesh) October 4, 2018
— 👑 (@imPriyaVK) October 4, 2018
In his first Test innings, Prithvi Shaw has provided what he has always promised: punchy strokes of both front foot and back foot. And he hasn't let the occasion overawe him. I wanted to see him in England because it would have been an opportunity to learn something new about him
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) October 4, 2018
This boy is class and a lambi race ka ghoda- Prithvi Shaw. So good to watch #IndvWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 4, 2018