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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the twitter reactions on Shaw’s crackling batting on debut against West Indies-