Kohli completes 1000 Test runs in 2018

Sherman Parsons
October 5, 2018

Rajkot: Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut as India rode on the Mumbai teenager's fluent 134 to post 232/3 at Tea against the West Indies in the first Test here on Thursday.

Talking about Shaw, the opener brought up his century in the 32nd over and became the youngest Indian, and fourth youngest overall to score a hundred on his debut.

Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari and Mohammad Siraj were left out, hence Prithvi Shaw is set to make his Test debut opening the innings with KL Rahul.

At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw reached the milestone off just 99 balls, adding to a host of records he holds in his blossoming career. In fact, during the only Test which was played at this ground, a lot of runs were scored by both England and India.

The opposition attack was far from threatening but due credit must be given to Shaw, who batted like a seasoned campaigner in his first match for India.

However, West Indies have improved in the recent times.

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He reached his half-century off 56 deliveries and was unbeaten on 75 off 74 deliveries at lunch as India reached 133 for one, with Pujara on 56.

Shaw, who was 75 not out at lunch, reached the three figures in the afternoon session with a typical punch to the cover, the same way he got his first runs in global cricket.

He was out trying to drive legspinner Devendra Bishoo but only chipping straight back to the bowler. Pujara too looked at ease at the other end until he was caught behind off debutant Sherman Lewis, missing out on a 16th Test ton. Just when it looked like Windies would crawl back to the game, Kohli and Rahane joined hands to share a 105-run stand.

Kohli, who is the world's number one Test batsman, got to his half-century against Bishoo and was getting more unsafe with each passing ball.

Shaw's hundred is a massive one for India in two respects - one, it breaks the kind of monopoly that the Vijay-Dhawan pair enjoyed and two, it shows that India can benefit from moving on from tried and tested options.

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