Kohli quickest to 24th Test ton after Bradman

Sherman Parsons
October 5, 2018

This was also the 2nd Test century for Kohli against West Indies and both came as captain - joint 2nd most centuries against West Indies as captain along with Dilip Vengsarkar.

The last session saw India maintain a good run rate with Kohli and Rahane (41) stitching a 105-run partnership and helping India get past the 300-run mark.

Ravindra Jadeja smashed his maiden global century as India posted their highest total against the West Indies after declaring on 649-9 in the first Test in Rajkot on Friday.

Pujara, who is inching closer to 5,000 Test runs, ensured India a solid start with Shaw, smashed 14 boundaries. In total, 15 Indian players have scored centuries on Test debut.

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.

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Shaw, an 18-year-old right-handed opener, reached his 100 in just 99 deliveries during a dominant 206-run second wicket stand with Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 86 in Rajkot.

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.

Skipper Virat Kohli on 72 and R.R.Pant with 17 remained unbeaten when the stumps were drawn. Gabriel trapped his opening partner Rahul in front with a sharp incoming delivery to give the West Indies an early breakthrough. Subsequently, Shaw offered an easy return catch to leggie Devendra Bishoo trying to play against the turn.

Shaw just needed 99 balls to get the landmark as he toyed with the weakened West Indies bowling, which missed captain Jason Holder and pacer Kemar Roach.

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