Virat Kohli tops active players century list with his 24th Test ton

Tyler Owen
October 5, 2018

At 18 years and 329 days, Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian and the fourth-youngest overall to score a century on Test debut, against the Windies in Rajkot on Thursday (4 October).

After India opted to bat first, Prithvi opened the innings with Lokesh Rahul. Skipper Virat Kohli, on four, and Ajinkya Rahane were at the crease.

Shaw also became the youngest and the first Indian teenager to face the first ball of a Test. Shaw got to his century with local boy Cheteshwar Pujara at the other end, much to the delight of the Indian dressing room who gave the youngster a standing ovation.

With hundreds on debut in Ranji trophy, Duleep trophy and Irani Trophy, all eyes were on Prithvi after it was announced he is set to make his debut in the first Test match. Subsequently, Shaw offered an easy return catch to leggie Devendra Bishoo trying to play against the turn.

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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.

The Mumbaikar punched the second ball he faced towards the cover boundary for a three, his first runs in global cricket, easing whatever nerves left inside.

Shaw, a diminutive right-hander, reached his 50 in a quickfire 56 deliveries. Their troubles had mounted even before the start of the game as Holder pulled out with an ankle injury, giving Kraigg Brathwaite a chance to lead the team.

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