Prithvi Shaw made 134 off 154 deliveries, getting to his maiden hundred off 98 deliveries with 15 fours, shortly after lunch on the opening day of the first Test.
Prithvi Shaw made 134 off 154 deliveries, getting to his maiden hundred off 98 deliveries with 15 fours, shortly after lunch on the opening day of the first Test.

With his maiden Test hundred on debut against West Indies at Rajkot on Thursday, Prithvi Shaw continued to impress one and all with his batting and the chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, one of key man to have selected the teenager for the the series said that Shaw batted like an experienced campaigner.

Shaw made 134 off 154 deliveries, getting to his maiden hundred off 98 deliveries with 15 fours, shortly after lunch on the opening day of the first Test.

“He batted like someone who has played 50 Test matches,” Prasad told PTI. And went on to add that if nurtured well he will go on to play for India for a long time.

“He is an unbelievable talent and hopefully if he is nurtured well, he will serve Indian cricket for a long long time,” he added.

After Sachin Tendulkar’s debut in 1989, Shaw is the first Indian specialist batsman to have been given a Test debut at such a young age. Harbhajan Singh was 18, Piyush Chawla and Parthiv Patel 17 and Ishant Sharma 19 when they played their maiden Tests, but none was a batsman in particular.

Shaw batted with the assurance of a seasoned pro to turn a scoreline of 3/1 following the loss of KL Rahul for a duck in the opening over into a dominant one, while producing numerous shots that dripped with the memories of the man he has often been compared with – the great Tendulkar. That’s not all. At the age of 17, Shaw became the youngest player to score a century on Duleep Trophy and Ranji Trophy debut, a record previously held by Tendulkar.