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Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

05 October, 2018, 10:30 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • India's KL Rahul celebrates his century

The right-handed Shaw struck 19 fours off 154 deliveries while Pujara, also right-handed, faced 130 balls and counted 14 fours in chalking up his 19th half-century in his 63rd Test.

Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Rishab Pant return to the pavilion after the end of the test cricket match played between India and West Indies, in Rajkot.

India's Prithvi Shaw celebrates after scoring fifty runs on the first day of the first cricket test against West Indies. India is yet to decide whether they will be playing three seamers or three spinners. "I was just thinking that it's another game for me and then it just happened", said Shaw.

The stage was ideal for Shaw. And the West Indies attack was depleted.

Kraigg Brathwaite, standing in as captain after Jason Holder suffered a last-minute ankle injury, juggled his bowlers but the absence of the experienced Kemar Roach and Holder was painfully evident. Such was the Shaw-effect that Pujara, for the first time in his career, crossed the 50-run mark before lunch on Day 1.

His immediate success in the test arena justified the selectors' move to build for the future. To top that, the man who replaced Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, emulated the belligerent southpaw with a flashy, jaw-dropping hundred on debut at Rajkot on Thursday.

Shaw earned a reputation as a batting prodigy. "He has sacrificed a lot for me". I wanted to make this opportunity count. "It was a good challenge for me and I think I did well", he added.

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However, Rishab Pant was dismissed for 92 by Devendra Bishoo.

Meanwhile, Pujara poked at a wide ball and fell for 86 off 130 balls, giving fast bowler Sherman Lewis his first test wicket.

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.

Virat Kohli hits 24th Test century against West Indies.

With the knock of his 24th hundred, Kohli, who is on 103*, has surpassed former Australian Captain Steve Smith's tally of 6,199 Test runs.

Rahane, too, lacked the ease with which Shaw batted earlier in the day, and fell on 41 to Roston Chase in the last hour.

First day's play of the first Test will start from 9:30 am IST and 5 am BST.

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